Though there are few details on OMA’s design for the new headquarters for the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in Doha, Dezeen brings us photographs by New York City-based Yueqi “Jazzy” Li that offer a glimpse into the recently completed project.
The main building of the foundation is a cubic tower measuring 57 meters tall (187 feet) and 29,000 meters (approximately 312 square feet) of office space. Comprising two “stacked” volumes, the headquarters feature a facade of white, precast concrete punctured with a grid of square windows and openings that reveals the glass and aluminum interiors.
There are three main zones contained within the space: the executive tower, staff tower, and Her Highness's Wing, named after the foundation’s co-founder Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser. A central atrium provides access to each section, while glass bridges and internal balconies connect them. A roof designed like the facade allow natural light to flood the interiors.
Between the two volumes is a large outdoor terrace that is column-free, creating the sense that the upper volume “hovers” above it. This tower and the three-story “Strategy Study Center” are part of the Qatar Foundation’s 1,000-hectare campus. Head to Dezeen for a closer look.