Stunning Italian design & build.
QUAM comes from the idea to create a place dedicated entirely to the sea, able to link installation aspects with the scientific, didactic and leisure ones; a center in which possible interactions between human activities and the sea (environment) are studied and represented in all of their possible features.
A lagoon is symbolically and physically placed in the center; it’s a 40mt deep basin around which little artificial hills are positioned as crowning elements in order to enrich the landscape and protect the human settlement from desert winds. It’s inside this valley, open towards the sea, that the entire village develops in order to adopt the formal and functional complexity levels of historical settlements. Versatility, layout of voids and solids, compact tissues in which architectures stand out as urban landmark. A big body in which its circulatory system is made by the road and services network on which the main road start and represent the QUAM key elements:
The Lagoon_Represents the core of the intervention, a basin in which endless variation of underwater landscapes are collected and exemplified either by both a biological variety point of view and by the presence of evidences related to the historical use of the sea by mankind. The entire basin can be visited either through glass tunnels or in guided scuba diving tours.
The Seaside Tower_Is a landmark giving visibility to the new settlement from sea and desert. Made of two 280 mt height towers hosting offices and apartments. The complex is entirely self-sufficient from a energy point of view thanks to the use of natural renewable energy sources (capturing main northerly wind between the two towers and the use of solar panels placed as coverings in the parking area and in the commercial activity arealocated at the base of the towers). The two towers have a sun screening system in order to reduce energy demand (the two main sails are big pierced masharabie screening from direct exposure to sun south and east facades of the building).
The Sea Museum_ Located at the lagoon’s entrance with its coverings simulating sea waves chasing each other, represents the most complex infrastructure of the entire intervention. Intended to become the largest Sea Museum in the world, it hosts documentary and research centers on all themes linked to sea life and its history; exhibition spaces and workshops, temporary exhibits and events. A section of the museum is located under sea level enabling a live view of the natural environment of the Ocean. A very big vaulted space closed by sliding bulkheads give direct access from the sea to smaller and larger boats enabling them to carry out events linked to sport and shipbuilding or boat shows.
The Seaquarium (Theatre)_Next to the museum and complementary to it, in the mild seasons, it enables open air leisure activities or open air shows
The Corniche_ Along the whole perimeter of the lagoon the Corniche is a boardwalk intended for pedestrian only. Rich of shaded gardens, parks where people can stop and find small shops, hotels, coffee shops, piers, islands, nautical clubs and tourist information centres for scuba diving tours.
The Docks_ Placed on both sides of the Sea Museum, Docks are intended to be used for private boating enabling docking of large draft boats. The southerly one is connected to the road system accessing the city and is close to the most important commercial center and to the parking area that acts as intermodal hub with electrical urban transportation entirely serving the city. For its configuration and location it seems to be designed to be used by nonresidential.
The northerly one instead is located next to the villas and the golf club this is why it could be used by locals.
The Covered Squares_The entire urban settlement is linked to a number of plates in which garden or courtyard areas open up acting as covered squares, meeting places protected by the sun. Underneath these plates there are commercial activities as well going from little shops or selling points to the bigger shopping malls.
The whole project is marked by a great respect for Nature. Impact that such a project could have on the already fragile balance of this location has made us value all risks linked to it and made us adopt measures that have a very low impact. An example for all, is that in order to create artificial hills crowning the lagoon we used the earth coming from the excavation of the basin itself, adopting a km 0 strategy that reduces to minimum all possible sources of altering the natural site importing or exporting inconsistent material.
Client: Universe Asset Consultancy
Urban and Architectural Design: Schiattarella Associati and Pras Tecnica Edilizia
Lightower design: Studio Rotella
(ANSA) – The Qatar Underwater Archaeological Museum (QUAM), the largest of its kind worldwide stretching over 3.5 million square meters, will be made in Italy.
The “sustainable and multimedia” museum was presented Wednesday in Rome by the Schiattarella Associati study, which is in charge together with PRAS Tecnica Edilizia of the urban design and architectural project.
The official presentation in Doha, to be attended by the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as Qatari and Italian authorities, “is scheduled by April 15”.
The project was first introduced by the emir together with Foreign Undersecretary Benedetto Della Vedova during a recent official visit.
Della Vedova said the government supported “foreign investors in Italy and Italian companies participating in the economic development of other countries” and that the investment will cost seven billion dollars.
The project will be developed over one year and a half and it will be built in another four, with the support of aerospace and defense giant Finmeccanica and shipbuilding enterprise Fincantieri.
The museum will be built with different sections focusing, among other things, on marine biology and literature, according to an idea developed by Francesco Scavelli, founder of Bluimage Productions.
It will include a large artificial basin inside which submarines, military vessels and sailing ships will be built, as well as a stadium for water sports, a hotel with a golf course and a ‘Lighthouse Tower’.
QUAM will also vie to become a research center with a university campus on underwater archaeology and marine biology and the largest library of the sea. The project management is by Universe Asset Consultancy and Arcadis Italia.