The Lifestyle and Retail Center in Doha, Qatar stands out as a model of incorporating green initiatives into a modern city center. The masterplan and schematic design for the center incorporates medium density housing, private residences, and a raised commercial concourse into a 650,000 sq. ft. site.
Both public and private parking are provided below ground, but are connected to the open air through openings in the public green space above. Nodes of recreational space, including movie theaters and museums, are organized around a shallow canal that snakes through the center of the masterplan.
Surrounded by water and shaded by a trellis of traditional Islamic patterns, public plazas and parks introduce a relaxing connection to both history and nature.