Qatar’s new Science and Technology Park (QSTP) is a key initiative of the Qatar Foundation in its drive to diversify the economy, create highly skilled jobs and to establish Qatar as a knowledge economy in the Middle East. In the QSTP, Qatar is building a world-class environment for companies to develop their technology, including a business incubator to help technology start-ups.
The masterplan for the QSTP encompasses 123ha of land which is integrated with the facilities of the Qatar Foundation, its new teaching hospital and its new convention centre. Phase One construction of the QSTP comprises 115,000 m² of development. At its heart is the 12,000 m² Incubator Centre, incorporating the administrative hub and Business Centre. This building is flanked by the first two Tenant Buildings,
each 20,000 m².
The architectural aesthetic is striking and contemporary, whilst respectful of the Qatari culture and designed for the desert climate. The design features the separation of motor vehicles from pedestrians. The podium provides a pedestrian-only landscaped environment, under the ‘veil’ shade structure that links the buildings. People are encouraged to move freely between the activity hubs in the tenant building atrium spaces and the Incubator Centre’s retail outlets and service facilities. It is truly a place for people; a green respite with the sound of moving water.
description via the Architect: Woods Bagot