Qatar Integrated Railways Project – Red Line North
The Doha Metro is the most prominent and visible project in the city. It will serve both the capital and the suburbs with all major locations within easy and convenient reach. Most of the Doha Metro lines will be underground, so tunnelling plays a major role in construction, using specialized equipment known as tunnel boring machines (TBMs) to dig the underground sections. The metro system will be built in two phases: the first will see the construction of three out of the four lines (Red, Gold, and Green) and 37 stations. These lines are expected to be open to the public by 2020. The future phases involve the introduction of an additional line (Blue) and the expansion of the existing ones, with more than 60 additional stations and the first expansion will be completed by 2026.
Stations play an important part – both practically and culturally – of any metro system. Architecturally, the stations will reflect the heritage of the country, with a ‘vaulted spaces’ design inspired by traditional Bedouin tents. The largest station, Msheireb, will fall at the heart of the Doha Metro with the Red, Green and Gold lines all meeting at this point.
The Red Line, also known as the Coast Line, runs for about 40 kilometres from Al Wakra in the south to Lusail in the north. The line also connects Hamad International Airport at Terminal 1 to the centre of the city. It has 18 stations with the Legtaifiya Station allowing passengers to transfer over to the Lusail Tram.
The Archest team designed the Red Line North Elevated & At Grade (EAG), 2.47 km long, including elevated structures, viaducts, bridges, supports and ramps.
Program: construction of reinforced concrete decks, value engeneering stations Qatar University and Lusail
Size: 7 km in total
Project: 2015 – 2017
Archest team: engineer Remo Livoni, engineer David Panerai, arch. Claudio Degano