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Adaptive Reuse: Gulf Hotel to Doha Marriott Hotel

gulf hotel postcard
gulf hotel postcard

Adaptive reuse: Add on/ Envelope

This is one of the oldest adaptive reuse projects in qatar, one of many hidden and undocumented projects.

Although there was no programatic change it was a drastic change from the original architectural style established by an unknown architect.

Gulf hotel 1973
Gulf hotel 1973

1973

Gulf hotel was opened in february 1973 
 there is conflicting information on wether the hotel was built by the architect William Sednaoui for both phases of if the original is built by an unknown architect which was very common at the time without much documentation.
As 4d doha research describes the arachiactual feature of the building:
“The facade featured a simple screen composed of alternating offset owns of square concrete panels that filter light into each of the hotel rooms balconies.”  
Gulf hotel plan
Gulf hotel plan

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gulf hotel 1979
gulf hotel 1979

1979

Only a few years later William Sednaoui a lebanese architect was commissioned by the new Qatar National Hotel Company to create a second building to the west of the original building.
The new building was a taller slab, fourteen-story addition mimicking the original screens on the both side facades, which was not very successful. The addition was much flatter more bulky than the original that had a more dynamic angles and functional pattern in the screens.
The new L shape site plan connected both buildings at the ground level over looking the pool area. 
gulf hotel at night
gulf hotel at night
Doha Marriot hotel
Doha Marriot hotel

1999-2001

Two years after the marriott’s takeover of the hotel in 1999 from the sheraton, the western tower was clad from top to bottom in the blue glass curtain wall, enclosing its balconies. 
The brief for the new design included:
“As well as a full refit and re-planning of the interiors, the work included the complete re-cladding of the existing hotel buildings and the inclusion within the guestrooms of what had been the external balconies.”
The design firm de Brant, Joyce & Partners in association with Planning International Construction Management Group provided Interior Design and Architectural services for the refurbishment of this International Hotel.
Doha Marriot hotel
Doha Marriot hotel

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