Shezad Dawood makes playful variations of iconic Qatari buildings for Doha Trendy Playground

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2022-11-17 11:30:45

Artist Shezad Dawood has created an architectural playground in Doha that options miniature variations of 4 well-known buildings within the metropolis.

Dawood labored carefully with native architect and architectural historian Fatma Al Sahlawi to decide on the buildings for Doha Trendy Playground – the Sheraton Resort by William Pereira, the Nationwide Theatre and Ministry of Info by Triad CICO, Qatar College by Kamal El Kafrawi and the Qatar Put up Workplace by Twist & Whitley.

Constructed between 1982 and 1987, Dawood defines the 4 buildings as “a key group of modernist buildings that actually represented the shift to an unbiased nation”.

Above: the Qatar Put up Workplace has been reimagined with a slide. High picture: a swing has been added to the Sheraton Resort

“Every of the buildings I referenced had its personal quirks and particularities of design that naturally lent themselves to interpretation, comparable to the enduring pigeon hutches of the Qatar Put up Workplace, or reworking the colonnades of the Nationwide Theatre and Ministry of Info into tunnels for kids to crawl via,” Dawood informed Dezeen.

He additionally made some adjustments to their designs to make the buildings appropriate for a playground.

“The putting mashrabiyas of Qatar College turned lamps that lit up at evening, with an outer curving climbing wall,” he added.

“And final however not least, William Pereira’s Sheraton Resort is a science-fiction masterpiece that first impressed my curiosity within the fashionable architectural legacy of Doha.”

A small building on a playground inDoha
The playground buildings sit on rubber matting designed to echo the environment

Situated in Doha’s Al Masrah Park, Doha Trendy Playground options two benches in addition to the 4 play objects, which have been made out of stainless-steel subframes and glass-reinforced concrete (GRC).

“I needed them to be materially as shut as doable to the methodology and floor textures of the unique buildings they reference, and to climate in the identical means, given their location on the Corniche, the place daylight, sea and sand are all components the constructed setting has to cope with,” Dawood defined.

A girl on a white climbing wall in Doha
The Qatar College design has a climbing wall and lit-up mashrabiyas

The artist spent a whole lot of time along with his personal youngsters in playgrounds to watch how children work together with house earlier than creating his designs.

As well as, Dawood tried to consider the connection of scale between adults and their constructed setting, in addition to youngsters and environments particularly constructed for them.

“One of many key ideas I needed to place ahead was proportionality, and so I designed the playground to be oversize, which meant it had the identical scale for the youngsters who would come to make use of it as that of the adults in relation to the unique buildings that the playground references,” he mentioned.

Overview of Doha Modern Playground
Doha Trendy Playground is positioned in Al Masrah Park

The artist’s purpose was for Doha Trendy Playground to perform as a “miniature metropolis”.

“I needed children to have the ability to think about the playground as a miniature metropolis designed particularly for them – and this prolonged to the benches, the topography and the selection of colors for the rubber matting, which I used to echo the layers of sand, sea, and greenery that already body the setting in Doha,” Dawood added.

Every of the buildings was reimagined to function “key play features” related to playgrounds, comparable to slides, swings and tunnels, and Dawood additionally needed the designs to be areas the place youngsters might let their imaginations run free.

A few of the playground’s miniature buildings could be directy in comparison with their real-life counterparts.

White building on Doha Modern Playground in Doha
Tunnels have been added to the miniature Nationwide Theatre and Ministry of Info

“There are additionally direct sightlines from three of the play objects to the unique buildings they reference, particularly the Nationwide Theatre and the Qatar Put up Workplace, which lie instantly to the north and south of the playground itself, in addition to the Sheraton – a brief distance away to the north-east alongside the Corniche,” Dawood mentioned.

“So for instance, youngsters enjoying on the summit of the Put up Workplace play object can not help however discover the bigger parallel structure of the true put up workplace, mirroring them.”

Children playing on a swing at Doha Modern Playground
The scalable buildings symbolize iconic Qatari buildings

Qatar has unveiled numerous cultural initiatives because the nation prepares for the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qatar, which begins this week. Architects together with OMA and Jean Nouvel are among the many architects to have designed museums within the nation, whereas studios, together with Zaha Hadid and Foster + Companions, have designed the stadiums during which the video games will probably be performed.

The nation has been criticised for its human rights document within the run as much as the event. A current report from Labour Amnesty Worldwide mentioned that abuses are nonetheless occurring “on a major scale” in Qatar, whereas the organisation’s Peter Frankental mentioned that the architects of the stadiums ought to converse out on human rights points or danger serving to Qatar in its “sportswashing makes an attempt”.

The images is by Sarjoun Faour, courtesy of Qatar Museums.



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