HOK’s design of the passenger terminal complex at Doha’s airport celebrates form, light and materiality while providing a highly efficient and inspirational travel experience.
While contemporary in design, the airport pays homage to the nation’s rich cultural heritage and natural environment. The dramatic, curving building silhouette recalls ocean waves and sand dunes to project a powerful image as Qatar’s gateway to the world.
The airport was voted the world’s best in the 2021 Skytrax World Airport Awards. The awards are regarded as a quality benchmark for the entire airport industry.
“Doha’s International Airport is arguably the most architecturally significant terminal complex in the world, as well as being the most luxurious,” reported Wallpaper* Magazine.
Departing passengers experience an undulating super roof in the light-filled departure hall. The steel-framed glass wall provides unobstructed views from the curbside arrival area through the ticketing hall, enabling passengers to easily find their destinations.
A vast wood ceiling in the longest concourse provides visual warmth that contrasts with the sleek metal and glass surfaces found elsewhere. The airport’s two large transfer hubs are linked by an automatic people mover. Skylights and interconnecting glass ceiling “zippers” provide natural light and dramatic desert views.
Reflecting Qatari hospitality, the unparalleled guest amenities include a public mosque, spacious prayer rooms, two five-star transfer hotels, 270,000 square feet duty-free shopping, more than 30 restaurants, several lounges, quiet rooms and a QIB branch bank. The state-of-the-art wellness center includes a swimming pool, gym, hydrotherapy tub, showers, squash courts and a spa. An extensive public art program displays the works of acclaimed local and international artists.