The Tornado Tower of Doha overlooks the Bay and its buildings. The fundamental form of the tower and its gentle curves give a distinctive, attractive silhouette from any point of disappearance.
The design team called the Tornado Building to describe its unusual hyperbolic shape. The form of the tower is complimented with a customized lighting system designed by Thomas Emde.
The building covers just approximately 3,000 sq m (32,300 sq ft.) of the 18,500 sq m (199,000 sq ft) surface, thereby enabling open space surrounding it to enhance the amazing aesthetic appeal of the building. The sixteen high-speed passenger lifts service more than 84,000 square meters of office space, first-floor cafeteria and conference facilities and a 27th-floor recreational area with gym and juice bar. The tower contains 1500 places on three levels of underground parking.
Refrigeration costs are reduced by high-performance glass and internal sunshade mechanisms and architectural features limit the air leakage. Rainwater is also collected and used for irrigation purposes. Fire lifts and extra escalators are included in the safety features. The project employs a steel perimeter construction instead of a conventional concrete perimeter structure in the region to optimize unbroken panoramic views throughout the city and beyond.
The creative and entertainment value of the structure makes it just as stunning in the evening as it is during the day and its light appearance gives it a lighthouse that indicates a safe and reassuring hut.