Global recognition for Qatar's Valley City project
MZ Architects of Lebanon recognised for new World Cup city
The Valley City project, being developed by Qatar’s SAK Holding Group, has won a major award at the MIPIM Future Project Award Ceremony in Cannes, France.
It was chosen as best project in the ‘Regeneration and Masterplanning’ category. The event was organised by Architectural Review engineering magazine.
Valley City project received a special mention from the judges, who considered the project as a “consolidated architectural milestone”.
The judges said the designs were highly creative, showcasing elegant engineering and architectural detail that responded to the growing population’s basic and future needs.
The judges commented: “An unusual proposition for Gulf city-making is provided without recourse to the ubiquitous glass tower. The analysis of how conventional urban forms are the consequence of inheritance and subdivision provides the basis for an intriguing alternative.”
Valley City, designed by MZ Architects of Lebanon, will be built on an area of three million square metres. It is expected to provide an integrated residential and business environment.
The concept of the project is to build a city near one of the stadia where the sporting events of the World Cup 2022 will be held. This project is still at the concept stage, with the first phase of construction expected to be launched in 2014.
The project will include thousands of residential units comprising apartments and villas of various sizes, a resort attached to a four-star hotel built over an area of 12,000m2, a 250,000m2 central park, a 40,000m2 mall, a 20,000m2 market, a Cultural Village built over 20,000m2, and commercial offices and a recreation area.
Elaborating on the master concept design of the project, Eng. Marwan Zaghib said: “The Valley City comprises three major areas dedicated to sports, entertainment and culture.
"Each area includes a chain of neighborhoods with specially-designed houses, VIP villas, luxury apartments and offices featuring a hotel, resort and entertainment, sports and cultural facilities, in addition, to restaurants and commercial shops.”