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Skyscraper with extraordinary decorations and ceramic coatings. Luxury hotel in Doha

The capital of the state of Qatar hosts the Mondrian Doha, a 24-storey skyscraper designed by the SWAM South West Architecture studio, enriched with amazing decorations and ceramic coatings made by the company FMG, Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti

The Mondrian Doha, a 24-storey skyscraper containing apartments and a luxury hotel with 270 rooms and suites, has opened its doors. Six years of work by SWA, South West Architecture, went into this complex structure with its design inspired by the falcon, a great tradition in the Persian Gulf, featuring amazing ceramic decorations by FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti

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"A marvellous story unfolding in every little corner” is Marcel Wanders" curious description of the Mondrian Doha, a 24-storey skyscraper recently added to the skyline of Doha, Qatar’s capital and biggest city. The famous Dutch designer produced all the furnishings and much of the interior decoration, but SWA South West Architecture of Doha came up with the plans for the building itself and its cladding, made entirely with materials by Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti

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Every space has an identity of its own, allowing guests to put together a set of stories revolving around one main story about Arab culture, incorporating custom-designed furnishings and coverings based on local models, Middle Eastern writing and the imagery of the suk translated into gigantic columns with golden eggs, a "tree of life" made up of flowers, ornamental glass and floral mosaics in the flooring

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The indoor and outdoor cladding, floors and special pieces were made by FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, starting with the porcelain ventilated façade embracing the outside of the entire height of the tower: 15,000 square metres of FMG Parana beige 60x120cm slabs wrapping around the building to form two huge falcon wings. The falcon is a recurrent symbol in the iconography of the project, and in fact the hotel entrance is modelled to look like the beak of a bird of prey, while the podium is covered with a bird’s nest pattern produced using big MAXFINE Titanium white polished slabs measuring 300x150cm (4000 sqm) and 100x100cm (3000 sqm)

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The interiors of the Mondrian Doha draw on the same sources of inspiration as the exterior, adding more significance and amplifying the experience of a holiday in the Middle East with all the comforts westerners demand. FMG coverings dictate the style and taste of every room and suite as well as the bathrooms: Statuario Venato MAXFINE maxi-slabs and Ardesia nera honed surfaces define the luxurious living spaces with bold colour contrasts, while 15x120cm strips from the Lignum red and brown collection underline the natural wood to add domestic warmth to the restaurant area

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Titanium white MAXFINE and polished Ivory black create an impressive effect in public areas such as the lobbies, where spectacular floral patterns designed by SWA are created with water jet cutting on a 1500 sqm surface. The podium and spa feature FMG ceramic mosaic tiles with gold, platinum and white bright finishes. Numerous special pieces were produced in partnership with the Iris Ceramica Group’s product development laboratory, including 15,000 special theme pieces measuring 15x15cm illustrating the passions and traditions of Qatar, including racehorses, the falcon that still accompanies hunters, camel races, the tradition of the Shisha, Aladdin’s lamp, the mosque, and characteristic Middle Eastern imagery

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It’s hard to say what else the emirate might have in store for us. The Mondrian Doha definitely sets a new standard that others will aim to beat in terms of technology, comfort, luxury and imagination. It is a project produced by a partnership between East and West, in a new scenario for life and entertainment that is halfway between two hemispheres and is not set in a particular geographic location but creates and occupies spaces that did not exist before, such as Qatar’s artificial islands

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