Lusail Hotel

with Zaha Hadid Architects

The Lusail Hotel has been designed to be the cornerstone of the Marina District in the new city of Lusail in Qatar. The project consists of 34 storeys of accommodation above grade and with a two-storey basement. The development provides for a 5* hotel and serviced apartment accommodation consisting of 448 keys, alongside banqueting, function, leisure and retail facilities within the development. A full height atrium provides vertical visual connectivity throughout the building. Atelier Ten’s services include MEP engineering, Environmental Design, Lighting Design, Fire Engineering, Vertical Transportation and IT Consultancy.

The building’s iconic façade provides shading and protection from the intense Qatari environment. Atelier Ten worked with the architect and façade engineer to optimise the cladding performance. To assist this process, Atelier Ten developed a parametric tool that allowed different cladding and interior configurations to be rapidly tested to identify performance requirements and response.

Alongside developing a building responsive to the local environment, a key focus of Atelier Ten’s work has been to economically integrate the servicing into the building in conjunction with the architectural aesthetic and massing. With a rooftop dining area, the main ventilation plant has been located midway up the tower for the residential accommodation and within the podium for the basement and grade accommodation. This configuration maximised riser efficiency while allowing accommodation at the top of the building. To minimise floor to floor height and riser allocation, VAV Fan Coil units have been designed for residential rooms, while VAV (missed overhead and underfloor) ventilation is provided for function spaces due to their higher occupancy variability.