From the inception of mankind, architecture has acted as a window to the culture, tradition, technological advancement as well as lifestyle of a particular era. Documents, paintings and sculptures might fade away due to the impact of time but architecture survives it all thus saving the history and heritage of a community and making sure that future generations stay connected with their roots.
AGI architects have decided to tap this quality of architecture and revive the era of Qatar when it was considered as the premier hub of international trade by designing Forepeak, a multifunctional space.
The era represents the domination of Doha as the trade capital of the world by the use of sea. Sea was the main source of livelihood attracting pearl divers, fishermen and dhow builders. Unfortunately due to the invention of cultured pearls from Japan, the trade went down and oil industry became the major contributor to the economy.
The building aims at reviving the connection of the city with sea. It would symbolically act as a bridge to the glorious past of the city thus showcasing the technical might of the artisans in the past. The site selected for the building is located near Ras Abo Abbud expressway in Doha, Qatar conveniently connected via road while existing as an iconic symbol on the Qatari waterfront.
Foerepeak doesn’t just limit its design to this idea but also inculcates it through its function. The idea is to develop a research center as well as a shipbuilding workshop, thus representing the heritage using form as well function.
The floor plans are freely designed without constraints just adapting to the needs and requirements of the community. This approach leads to a flexible design that adapts to the multi-functionality of different spaces within the building. Apart from that, availability of multiple courtyards for the purpose of enhancing interaction between various factions of the society is an added bonus.
Architects: AGI Architects
Photography: AGI Architects