Royal Palace | Doha, Qatar 2014 | Concept Design
PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT Ljupce Jovanovski, M. Arch.
Royal Family Palace on the outskirts of Doha. Palace as a word is derived from the Palatine Hill in Rome, where the Roman emperors built their residences. As a building a palace should be differentiated from a castle, which was originally a fortified structure.
Given the location, Concept Design was executed mostly in Persian architectural style, with slight pinch of classic Moroccan architecture (in details and materials that are highly characteristic for a style itself as usage of ZELLIGE). Zellige is mosaic tilework made from individually chiseled geometric tiles set into a plaster base.
Palace in three levels is composed with a series of facilities and amenities that are highly common for this kind of Projects. However as far as it was possible following design elements that are characteristic for Persian architectural style are present:
Minarets or towers (these were in the past used as torch-lit watchtowers, as seen in the Great Mosque of Damascus; hence the derivation of the word from the Arabic nur, meaning "light").
A four-Iwan plan, with three subordinate halls and one principal one that faces toward Mecca. In this Project that was our big Hall with Foyer and Lounges a side.
Mihrab or prayer niche on an inside wall indicating the direction to Mecca.
Domes and Cupolas - elements that are historically inherited from Greco-Roman / Byzantine architecture styles. There is enormous, direct and logical influence of classic architecture on all derived styles.
Balconies are a common feature of Islamic domestic architecture due to the warm climates in most countries, so we used this element vastly, even in Interior Areas.