That ‘70s Glam!

The transformation of the former Ministry of Interior building into a boutique hotel recognized the historical and architectural significance of one of Doha’s oldest buildings.

Designed in the 1970s by Lebanese architect William Sednaoui – is a celebrated historical landmark of Doha. With its finely rhythmic façade and sculptural silhouette, the state building is considered an elegant demonstration of Brutalism in the Middle East.

The architectural refurbishment, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, included the addition of a top floor and a podium, creating a green oasis with lush vegetation and art installations, offering an array of shaded and private outdoor spaces. The interiors, designed by Soho House Design and inspired by the glamour of the 1970s, comprise seven restaurants, 90 guestrooms, event venues, a rooftop terrace, health club, spa, gym, a 30-meter outdoor pool and the exclusive Ned’s Club.

The lighting design scheme for the façade aimed at highlighting the main mases, depicting their hierarchy and the rhythm of its architectural elements. The landscape lighting is subtle and punctuated, stressing the idea of a secluded oasis amidst the bustling city.

For the interiors, working on a specific design period required extensive research on luminaire designs, materials utilized and ambiances; and how these could be adapted to contemporary lighting technologies and codes. The result is both captivating and truthful to the ‘70s.