Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP)


Doha, Qatar, 2012 - 2019

The project for the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP) comprises around 35 stations in phase 1 and around 60 stations in phase 2 for the new Doha Metro Network (planned to comprise 4 lines) and will serve as the backbone of the public transport system in the Greater Doha Area. UNStudio’s design forms a bridge between the past and the future of Qatar, drawing inspiration from the vast regional architectural lexicon, whilst simultaneously representing an effective vision of modernisation and preservation. The design further aims to incorporate and integrate all functional and technical aspects of the network and stations into a coherent architectural expression.
A key concept within the design is one of creating varying scales of identity for the user – network identity, line identity and station identity. UNStudio developed an 'Architectural Branding Manual', a set of design guidelines, architectural details and material outlines that will assure the spatial quality and clarity of the network. The manual will be used by the appointed D&B contractors to implement and deliver the individual stations in the first phase.
Through a system of interconnected triangular base forms, the massing of the geometry adapts and transforms to incorporate programmatic functions and to connect interior spaces with exterior urban infrastructure. Using a large catalogue of architectural elements, the design represents a flexible new architectural system which can adapt itself to the scalar challenges set within the Metro Network.
The materialisation principles are experienced through a duality of a pure, modest exterior versus a rich, illuminated interior and employ a uniquely Qatari ornamentation and material palette.
Building a new network from scratch provides the opportunity to create a service which encourages the use of public transportation as a valid and clean alternative to private transportation. In UNStudio’s design spatial clarity and intuitive orientation are key components.


Client: Qatar Railways Company
Location: Doha, Qatar
Programme: ‘Qatar Integrated Railway Project’ (QIRP), presently under development by the Qatar Railways Company (RAIL), comprises a complete railway system, consisting of 4 Metro Lines with approximately 100 stations.
Status: design phase
Renderings produced by: Methanoia and Bloomimages
All images: © Qatar Railways Company, designed by UNStudio


UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Astrid Piber with Nuno Almeida, Arjan Dingsté and René Rijkers, Marianthi Tatari, Juergen Heinzel, Rob Henderson, Jaap-Willem Kleijwegt, Tom Minderhoud and Wael Batal, Thomas van Bekhoven, Ergin Birinci, William de Boer, Sean Buttigieg, Rodrigo Cañizares, Eric Caspers, Konstantinos Chrysos, Leonhard Clemens, Bas Cuppen, Gokcen Dadas, Eric Eelman, Maurits Fennis, Giacomo Garziano, Ger Gijzen, Albert Gnodde, Ricardo Guedes, Maud van Hees, Maarten Heinis, Lars van Hoften, Marc Hoppermann, Sebastian Janusz, Nemanja Kordić, Dennis Krassenburg, Samuel Liew, Guomin Lin, Chiara Marchionni, Alberto Martinez, Gerben Modderman, Martin Neumann, Patrik Noome, Kristoph Nowak, Maurizio Papa, Bruno Peris, Marcos Polydorou, Clare Porter, Attilio Ranieri, Stefano Rocchetti, Thys Schreij, Georgios Siokas, Ariane Stracke, Luke Tan, Yi-Ju Tseng, Menno Trautwein, Gerasimos Vamvakidis, Laertis Vassiliou, Sander Versluis, Philip Wilck, JooYoun Yoon, Martin Zangerl, Shuang Zhang, Meng  Zhao, Jennifer Zitner, Seyavash Zohoori.

Urban & Landscape
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Astrid Piber with Nuno Almeida, Arjan Dingsté and René Rijkers, Marianthi Tatari, Juergen Heinzel, Rob Henderson, Jaap-Willem Kleijwegt, Tom Minderhoud and Thomas van Bekhoven, Ergin Birinci, William de Boer, Cristina Bolis, Xiang Chang, Albert Gnodde, Ricardo Guedes, Gerben Modderman, Maurizio Papa, Bruno Peris, Clare Porter, Ryszard Rychlicki, Thys Schreij, Georgios Siokas, Luke Tan, Matthew Tanti, Menno Trautwein, Philip Wilck, JooYoun Yoon, Jennifer Zitner.

Structure, MEP: RHDHV
Facade engineering: Inhabit
Lighting engineering: ag licht
Wayfinding: Mijksenaar
Passenger flow analysis: MIC – Mobility in Chain
Fire and life safety / landscape: AECOM