UN Studio just unveiled plans to build 35 new rail stations throughout Qatar! The Doha Metro Network will be part of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP) and it will consist of 35 transportation facilities of various scales. UN Studio took a contemporary approach to designing the stations while drawing upon Qatar’s architectural heritage.
UN Studio drew upon three distinct lines of design to create different environments and performative qualities. The overall configuration of the project is based on triangular base forms, and the massing and geometry adapts and transforms to provide optimal connections between the interior spaces and urban infrastructure. The system can also adapt to different scales within the Metro Network.
Varying scales of identity (network identity, line identity and station identity) were developed through a set of design guidelines, architectural details and material outlines. The traditional ornamentation and material palette used in the interior spaces reflects the local culture. These elements are complimented by subtle lighting and large windows that fill the interiors with daylight. The project reflects Qatar’s rail brand by introducing vaults that mimic the nomadic tents traditionally found in the region.