Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

2012 Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa

“The skin of the building is a beautiful expression of the local culture, connecting this very modern tower with ancient Islamic designs. It also provides a fantastic pattern of light within the building, while efficiently dampening the impacts of the sun’s rays.”
  – Richard Cook, Awards Chairman
                                                                                                                                                     Cook + Fox Architects

The Index  

Doha Tower, Doha, Qatar
Completion Date: March, 2012
Height: 238 meters
Stories: 46
Use: Office
Owner: H.E. Sheikh Saoud bin Mohamed bin Ali al-Thani
Design Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Structural Engineer: Terrell International
MEP Engineer:
Terrell International


The distinctive cylindrical form is elegant and efficient, creating a distinctive new landmark for the fast-growing Qatar capital. The façade is constructed of multi-layered patterns invoking ancient Islamic screens designed to shade buildings from the sun. The Doha tower is the first tall building to use reinforced concrete diagrid columns in a cross shape. There is no central core, maximizing the interior space available for tenants.