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5 of Qatar’s most bizarre buildings – Qatar giving blob architecture a new definition

The gas-rich country became what it is today in fifty years. In its transition to a modern country with the entire spectrum luxuries, the country has effected some of the peculiar building designs.


Aspire Tower

Currently, the tallest building in Qatar, standing tall at a 300m, Aspire Tower, or in other words The Torch Doha was the most conspicuous attribute of the Asian Games 2016. Located in the Aspire Zone, Aspire Tower serves as a hotel skyscraper providing healthy competition for the likes of Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar by Tivoli. It also has a sports museum, an observation deck, a health club, a revolving restaurant and a swimming pool. The core of the structure is of cylindrical shape, and the building modules are built with metal decking, metal columns and steel beams.


Zig Zag Towers

They are also known as The West Bay Lagoon Plaza towers or the dancing towers, and the towers happen to be the largest and highest residential towers in the world. Located in between The Pearl and Lusail, the structure embodies 34 floors; all of which look out into the Arabian Gulf. Lagoon Mall at the bottom-most level interlocks the two towers.


National Museum of Qatar

The museum, an offspring of Jean Nouvel's expertise, unfolds the story of Qatar's transition from being a pearl-diving settlement into the modern Qatar that holds blobitecture in the highest estimation. Designed in the shape of a desert rose, the building denotes Qatar's epoch of prosperity and transition. It is not at all a conventional building, the building is, in fact, the epitome of the country embracing modernity. Intersecting discs that collide form the structure of the building: there are 539 discs with 76,000 glass-fibre-reinforced concrete panels. The architecture of the building creates a modern backdrop for the dioramas of objects. The collection contains items belonging to wildlife, geology, archaeology, Qatar's pearl diving history, tradition and the discovery of oil and gas. The 11 galleries inside are – though not full to the brim – feature a range of artefacts including a fossilised fish that's 400 million years old.


Katara Towers

Speculated to reach completion in the first quarter of 2021, Katara Towers are conclusive of Qatar's extravagance and grandiosity. The development is taking place in the Lusail Marina District, and the structure will house one of the 5 star hotels in Doha as well as a six-start hotel aimed at the sophisticated traveller. The structure takes the shape of two swords crossed together which symbolises the Qatari seal. The bottom level is a podium that links the two towers together; the mastermind behind the creation is the German designer King Consult. The premises of the towers, the marina of Lusail is still underway to completion as well, once completed, together with the magnificence of Katara Towers, the district will expose tourists to an unmatched, unrepeated experience. Visitors will be offered an array of watersports combined with the restaurants that offer upscale dining. Upon completion, Katara Towers will be linked with the Marina Towers through a bridge, which will also act as a prominent landmark. Katara Towers will be a combination of residential and commercial properties in Qatar.


Doha Tower

The iconic high rise tower, Doha Tower is another testimony of the country's ability to afford extravagance. Located in West Bay, the building was previously known as Burj Qatar. 18 October 2012 was a memorable day for the creators of the building as their ingenuity was praised with the CTBUH Skyscraper Award for the Best Tall Building Worldwide. The architectural brilliance of the building belongs to none other than Jean Nouvel: the architect of the National Museum of Doha. Serving as an office building, Doha Tower drew $125 million out of the country's coffers.

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