Farrells collaborated with Samoo Architects to deliver two key stations of the new Doha Metro in Qatar – Msheireb and Education City stations. Farrells developed complex parametric geometries through the use of building information modelling (BIM) software to generate the contemporary entrance pavilions that incorporate long span roof structures. Incorporating traditional Qatari architectural motifs and locally-sourced materials, the stone and ceramic tile-clad interiors are naturally lit, creating an uplifting and luminous atmosphere for commuters. The system is expected to open in 2019.
Located in the city centre, Msheireb Station will be the largest in the network, serving as the central interchange point between the red, green, and gold lines. Its location and strategic importance contribute to the station’s very high projected patronage. Efficient passenger flows and clear wayfinding are essential to prevent bottlenecks. The station will form a new civic landmark that offers both durability and visually delightful architectural design, responsive to a highly demanding climate.
Education City Station on the Green Line serves a university district, a conference centre, and a football stadium being constructed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. As an event station, the facility must cope with an immense volume of passengers over short periods of time. The entrance building and underground links were designed to incorporate connections to future transport interchanges including a park and ride, an international high-speed railway, and a multi-storey car park.