Transport Education Centre

Doha / Qatar / 2016

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Doha’s urban fabric is rapidly developing around the state of the art metro infrastructure, designed to enable a new generation of travellers to move quickly and easily within all other means of transportation. A public transport network so interconnected represents a unique opportunity for social and economic development for the City and the entire Nation.


The new Transportation Education Centre will rise between Lusail Boulevard and the Al Qassar Metro Station. It will not only be an exhibition space, but also a true education centre and recreational facility. The combination of these three major functions into one harmonious whole that interprets the vision of Qatar Rail while enhancing the environmental factors and characteristic of the area, represents the project's real innovative approach. The Transportation Education Centre is designed to create a direct relationship with citizens and visitors, making them a pro-active and vibrant component to the complex.


The exhibition is spread through the Transport Education Centre Park, an open air public space, which surrounds the main building. This park allows not only to host the outdoor exposition with a part dedicated to mass transportation that over time have accompanied the nation's development, but also a public place tightly integrated in the overall public realm network, therefore, experienced and transited by citizens following avenues and footpaths suitable for the most diverse means of personal transport - from bicycles to rollerblades and skateboards. From the TEC park grounds, visitors are also invited to take in the panorama and make eye contact with the major transport infrastructures surrounding the centre: from the subway to the highway.


The Transport Education Center Park is at the same time the roofing element for the main indoor exhibition area. Here, along with other transportation vehicles exhibited, visitors engage themselves with constantly new experiences through virtual reality programs disseminated throughout the exhibition spaces.


To emphasize the indissoluble relationship between time and transport, the indoor exhibition, which unfolds in the horseshoe area overlooking a courtyard outside, is marked by 24 areas delimited by visible lines - such as the hours of the day - as well as from the controlled penetration of natural sunlight, which animates dynamically the internal space throughout the course of day.


It is precisely the use of different natural elements that represents the essential feature giving the architectural design a strong identity. The Transportation Education Centre, in fact, could  not arise as conceived in any other place in the world, because  water, air and earth are site specific. The force and the characteristics they assume are integral elements for the Education Centre's architectural language and functioning.


The main building is unmistakably inspired by its majestic conical shape of desert forts. It hosts all the services, offices, theatre and roof top restaurant, taking advantage of the extreme local climatic conditions by using the powerful air current to activate air conditioning through a mechanical ventilation system.


Finally, forms, materials, and motifs have been selected and designed to emphasize in every detail the deep legacy between the Islamic culture and the Qatar's natural environment.

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    Doha’s urban fabric is rapidly developing around the state of the art metro infrastructure, designed to enable a new generation of travellers to move quickly and easily within all other means of transportation. A public transport network so interconnected represents a unique opportunity for social and economic development for the City and the entire Nation. The new Transportation Education Centre will rise between Lusail Boulevard and the Al Qassar Metro Station. It will not only be an...

    Project details
    • Year 2016
    • Status Current works
    • Type Multi-purpose Cultural Centres / Pavilions
    Lovers 4 users