The shape, uniformity and colours of Qatar’s architecture
July 08 2019 11:17 PM

Polycarp Maina

Qatar always has something to offer to every keen explorer. Almost every part of this great state is unique in the sense that there is an aspect of culture, religion and even government. It never cease to amaze me that the blending together of all these aspects converge to bring out a Qatar that is not only conducive for all expats working here but also to be a destination for functions and events that put and sustain it in the global scale. 2022 FIFA World Cup set to be held here is a classic example, and a proof beyond reasonable doubt, that Qatar is a coveted idol of many other nations. 
When it comes to works of architecture, many people view them through the lens of height and maybe the design in terms of the idea behind it. For me, what catches my attention most when I’m moving around this great state is the shape, uniformity and colours that buildings take. With regard to shape, it is not uncommon to come across an architectural work that resembles, say for example, a torch, while others will make you speculate about the original architect’s idea and motivation behind the structure’s shape. 
Buildings’ uniformity is another aspect of architecture that will catch you by surprise while on daily errands. Besides this uniformity, some may even take a linear formation along a street, making it so easy for a visitor to lose track of their way if not so keen. For those that occupy both sides of the street with this uniformity, they may make someone feel so tiny walking between them. On the other hand, such a walk becomes a manifestation of magnitude of human intelligence in the midst of modern day architectural and technological advancement. Finally, colour is another aspect of Qatar’s architectural work. It is not a wonder to be bewildered by conspicuousness of a building whose colours are mixed with utmost expertise, making it stand out from others and thus striking dominance even in the presence of other taller buildings. Many times, colours may communicate a hidden message, or just serve aesthetic purposes. 
– Text by Polycarp Maina, photos by Jayan Orma

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