Experience Doha’s best new eco-design
With innovative ‘green’ architecture and an influx of business creatives, the Qatari capital’s sustainable neighbourhood of Msheireb Downtown Doha has revived a commercial district that had fallen quiet. “Msheireb now has one of the world’s largest groupings of ‘LEED’-certified buildings, for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” says journalist Sakhr Al-Makhadhi. “But in many ways, the contemporary architecture here takes its cues from the energy-efficient courtyard houses of old.”
Msheireb has a hotel to match its ambitions in the form of Mandarin Oriental, Doha. The water pouring into those glamorous oversized bathtubs is heated by solar panel, and the wastewater heads to Downtown Doha’s water treatment plant. What guests will notice first is none of this, but the extraordinary hotel environment of David Collins Studio and architects John McAslan + Partners, which combines the design language of Qatari culture with the highest sustainability standards.