The DNA: Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner David Chipperfield’s Berlin studio has finished a major renovation of Qatar’s former Ministry of Interior, turning the 1970s government building into The Ned Doha. The hotel now offers jet setters a place to rest their heads while also preserving Qatar’s architectural and urban heritage. Designed by Lebanese architect William Sednaoui, the brutalist structure is one of the oldest buildings in Doha, sitting in stark contrast to the city’s new, glassy high-rise skyline. “Ensuring continuity and diversity in the built environment is fundamental to our sense of place, identity and quality of life,” says Chipperfield.
The four-storey, reinforced-concrete structure was refurbished and extended over a two-year period. Its original geometric façade and concrete waffle ceilings were restored as part of interior renovations in partnership with Soho House Design. The ground floor’s footprint has increased thanks to a new podium housing verdant gardens, pools and pavilions. An additional floor also offers views over the Arabian Gulf and the city skyline. “We are excited to see how our project demonstrates the value of reuse in Doha,” says Chipperfield.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 90 rooms, including 12 suites (32-91m2) (344-980 sq ft) • hotel opened: November 2022 • architecture: David Chipperfield Architects • bathroom amenities: Cowshed ❌ no parking available • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible