Location: Doha, Qatar
The Gate is a project located in Doha -Qatar with a total built up area of 205,000m2, a 233m high building with 52 floors featuring a mall in the form of a gate inspired from Babylon, and two towers, which were initiated after the conception of the new mall. Its structural support and material are seamlessly integrated with that of the mall. The design makes reference to sculpture, drawing on the elliptical configuration of a sculpture by Bernini, Lenlev'ement de Marie. The historical allusions to Babylon, and more obliquely, to Bernini, communicate solemnity. The expression in these buildings is full of energy, experimenting with spatial dynamics, in each building by itself as much as in its spatial relations to one another.