A Palace for Nature
Sanzpont [arquitectura] evolves the concept of luxurious life into the luxury of creating life.
Sanzpont [arquitectura] has been awarded third place in an international restricted competition for a VIP Palace in Qatar, receiving the award for its innovative and ecologic response to the project brief of this private residence.
The purpose of the competition was to stimulate innovative and creative ideas, in order to create a high-end, luxurious palace that offers relaxation and luxury for its VIP users.
This Palace reinvents the simple idea of turning luxury into something meaningful, creating life and nature through a self-sustainable botanical oasis in the desert. The microclimate needed for the botanical species is created by a mist irrigation system located in the inner skin of the palace central dome. Water is obtained from an underground aquifer and sustainably desalinated by an electrodialysis system, powered by solar renewable sources. Photovoltaic panels are integrated into the outer skin of the dome and building roofs, while water is stored in the lakes, which feature various thematic gardens and picnic areas.
The heart of the palace is an oasis covered by a central dome. Its unique design is inspired by the Sidra Tree, which is native to Qatar and is a symbol for perseverance, solidarity and determination. Historically, this tree unifies people looking for shade in the desert. The branches are symbolised by the leaf-shaped seats hanging inside the Sidra Tree Dome. These seats – designed for for calm and relaxation - are called “Floating Majlis”.
Sanzpont [arquitectura] believe that architecture design should be integrated with its surrounding environment, and should also reflect its culture in time. With this in mind, the team studied historical typologies and architectural language in order to evolve this into innovative vanguard design. Traditional Qatari architecture was reinterpreted to connect the past with present and future.
Project & Design Team:
Architectural & Design Project:
Arq. Sergio Sanz Pont
Arq. Victor Sanz Pont
Arq. Tania Cota
Jose Miguel Cano