Embassy of Qatar in BahrainManama, Bahrain
AEB has been designing offices for the government of Qatar since long, and one among them was the design of the Qatar Embassy Building in Bahrain. AEB’s pre concept design secured first position in the design competition.
Construction of this award winning design was completed in March 2014; situated in a prime location in the diplomatic area in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The prestigious project was awarded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar.
AEB was asked to provide the detailed design, inspired by vernacular architecture, representing traditional Qatari architecture in the Gulf area. Although the expression of Qatari Architecture was a key feature, the embassy introduced new technical and construction standards to the area, responding to Ministry of Foreign Affairs requirements.
A main challenge in the design was balancing the security requirements and accessibility. Four major circulations were carefully studied in the design stage:
- The office, which houses the main staff of the embassy
- The multi-purpose hall (Majlis), which serves as the main function room for public and staff
- The main hall, which serves as reception area to the visitors of the Ambassador, and connects the office and the Majlis
- The circulation to the Ambassador’s residence
A paved walkway was created passing through a well-landscaped foreground of the embassy, leading to the multipurpose hall. The residence is a separate structure but is socially connected to the embassy building by the Majlis, which serves both the Embassy and the Ambassador’s house.