2nd March 2012

(Virtual Press Office) -HOK London has been granted planning approval from Lusail Municipality for its Marina Mall designs, a prime retail and leisure facility, located on the east coast of Qatar, approximately 15 kilometres north of Doha city centre.

The Lusail development, a newly constructed district within Doha, comprises of 37 square kilometres of waterfront land that is master planned into 19 integrated and diverse mixed-use districts. The city’s vision is to create a vibrant, community-oriented lifestyle. arry Hughes, Vice President, HOK London says:

“Lusail, Qatar’s future city, will offer the very latest in modern urban living and it was important that the design of Marina Mall complement that inspirational vision. By mixing natural forms with traditional architecture typologies we’re trying to make a technological as well as imaginative step forward in place creation.”

HOK’s design is inspired by natural forms created when water and land meet. Five interconnected retail islands link the mall into the landscape and back to the water. A body of water running throughout the centre of the scheme guides the visitor through the mall, leading to and from the marina, whilst internal waterfalls provide a visual connection between the different levels. The spaces between the five pebble shaped islands are carefully landscaped, creating a series of green spaces.

The mall, which totals 60,000 square metres (GLA), includes three levels, with an additional 10,000 square metre hypermarket at basement level. The mall will also house cinemas, restaurants with terraced dining overlooking the marina, and spa facilities. Smaller pods embedded in the landscape around the mall are designed to animate the threshold between the mall and the marina. These will house additional retail space, exhibition spaces and entertainment areas that include leisure activities such as a skate park and children’s play area.

HOK aims to achieve QSA 5 rating for Marina Mall. (LEED Platinum equivalent)

For all HOK press enquiries, please contact Eve Chung, on 020 7898 5238 / eve.chung@hok.com or Victoria Willis on 020 7260 2700 / hok@bluerubicon.com

Notes to Editor

HOK Notes to Editor Information

HOK is one of the world’s largest and most acclaimed architectural design firms with 2,600 staff in 26 offices around the globe. It celebrates diversity through geographic reach, project genre and form and the talents of its multi-disciplined design professionals.

Renowned for its expertise designing some of the world’s largest and most complex buildings, HOK London’s 170-strong team has designed a variety of significant projects in the capital including: Barclays Bank World Headquarters; Heathrow Terminal 5 Rail Station; the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum; the Ministry of Defence Headquarters; the Cabinet Office and the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms.

Current projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East comprise: Master Architect on Gatwick Airport’s £1billion investment programme (London); Lead Architect on world-leading biomedical research centre, The Francis Crick Institute (London); Interiors Architect for the BBC’s flagship New Broadcasting House, (London); The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (London); Barts & The London NHS Trust (London); Baku Flame Towers, Central Bank of Kuwait (Kuwait); and the National Assembly Kuwait.

HOK London was recently invited to bid for the world’s largest airport, alongside Foster & Partners and Zaha Hadid – the new airport city will be located in rural Daxing, 50 Kilometers south of China’s capital Beijing.

The HOK retail and mixed use team currently has a rich diversity of projects in the UK, UAE and Azerbaijan, Nigeria, India and Russia and continues to grow in this dynamic sector.
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