Phillip Denny

Al Wakrah Village Housing

Doha, Qatar, Comprehensive Studio
in collaboration with Qatar Museums Authority

A proposal for the integration of new housing above a reconstructed historical village in Al Wakrah, Qatar.

The existing architectural condition on site speaks to the village’s historical social dynamics. The urban fabric is defined by the organic agglomeration of inwardly focused courtyard units. As a result, the village is an archipelago of inwardly-focused courtyard houses within an intricate network of circulation and social spaces, the sikka.

The proposal seeks to subvert this urban paradigm by introducing a second layer urbanism to the site. The integration of new housing above the village's historic fabric allows for gradations of public and private space to occur vertically, liberating the ground plane as a continuous network of public spaces.