2015

HAMAD
INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
DOHA

Project:
Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways Lounges, Doha

Client:
Qatar Airways

Architect:
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel

Location:
Doha, Qatar

Categories:
Public Spaces

Surface:
44.000 Sqm

Photographer:
Leo Torri

From the first concept sketches on the first renders in 2007 until the completion in 2015, this lighting project had been extremely challenging, due to its large scale, complexity and demanding characteristics.
The Airport Lounges as conceived by the Citterio and Viel Architects were not only a place for short permanence, but a whole node of activities accomodating guests from all over the world and an experience of the local tradition. From the first concept sketches on the first renders in 2007 until the completion in 2015, this lighting project had been extremely challenging, due to its large scale, complexity and demanding characteristics.

The Airport Lounges as conceived by the Citterio and Viel Architects were not only a place for short permanence, but a whole node of activities accomodating guests from all over the world and an experience of the local tradition. Relaxing areas, spa, enclosed and prestigious meeting areas, prayer room, restaurant together with the check-in desks are some of the uses of the building program.
In such a complex layout, lighting is also fundamental for delivering identity, creating different atmospheres and guiding the guest along the juxtaposed spaces. For orientation through light, besides the ordinary integration with symbols, the lighting scheme included the illumination of the boundaries of the space; sheding with light the 16 meters high stone walls created an illuminated narrative enclosing the more intimate lower height meeting points.
All downlights were studied to prevent glare and being much integrated with the ceiling structures, so that the light source resulted invisible, adding drama on the illuminated objects and materials such as water features or sculpture-like desks.
All lounges have a different material palette that the lighting project followed and celebrated in different ways: grazing light on surfaces, integrating light in millwork features or in the walls other than the ceiling, diffuse light through decorative lamps, interplay of shadows, contrast and transparencies.
This lighting project represented an extremely demanding process that owes its success to the tight collaboration with the architect and the client from the earliest beginning, participating in numerous mockups, in studio and on site, countless meetings and tests alongside with all the technical aspects and requirements that light had to serve, always keeping in mind the resulting atmosphere.
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