Cars are so pedestrian. Airplanes are the commuter vehicles of the future, at least in Qatar, where OMA has been chosen to design an aerotropolis.
The 3.9-square-mile project will connect the new Hamad International Airport with the city of Doha. About 200,000 people will live and work in the mixed-use development, which will take 30 years to complete. OMA’s master plan is “a series of four circular districts along a spine parallel to the [airport] runways, intended to create a strong visual identity and districts with unique identities,” according to the architect’s site. Phase One would link air and land developments for commercial, aviation, retail, hotels and residences, and it will be mostly complete in time for the 2022 World Cup, hosted by Qatar.
“We are delighted and honored to participate in the exciting growth of Doha, in a project that is perhaps the first serious effort anywhere in the world to interface between an international airport and the city it serves,” Rem Koolhaas said in a statement. We’re intrigued by the visually distinct composition of the districts — feels like a kinder, gentler version of the Hunger Games to us.