Moroccan Touch //
Doha- Qatar
Project Moroccan Touch
Program Residential
Location Doha- Qatar
Completion 2009
Area 8,000m2
A series of theme gardens and natural stone courtyards create a choice of living spaces on the grounds of this Doha villa. Despite difference in character and mood, these areas come together as one. They achieve a fluid continuity which, amplified by the presence of water throughout the landscape, culminates in the glistening waters of the adjoining lagoon.

Through their pronounced linearity and symmetry, the gardens also complement the Moroccan style of the villa. As a result, a rare balance is achieved between the interior and exterior architectures. This orderly, geometric composition is mirrored by the shapes given to various elements throughout the outdoors: a planter in the form of a square here, a star-shaped fountain there.

At the centre of it all, facing the lagoon, the main water feature unfolds over three levels. Sitting at the top, a large, circular jacuzzi overflows into the swimming pool. From the pool, one can enjoy a unique vantage point of the lagoon, through the framed view offered by a wooden pergola. The impressive rectangle of blue that forms the no-edge pool ends in a cascade collected in a long, narrow channel beneath it. On the same level is a charming, partially shaded Andalusian water channel with an octagonal fountain at the end. Rows of palms stand majestic on either side, framing the scenery. Ahead of the steps which lead to the beach, a reflecting pool mirrors the blue of the swimming pool at one time of day and the clear waters of the lagoon at another.

Although the deep blue of the pool and green palette of the trees dominate the landscape, a closer look reveals defiant touches of colour in strategic spots. A delicate wreath of red flowers at the foot of an age-old olive tree, the pink blossoms of a chorisia at the end of a lane of palms, bougainvilleas in full bloom...

The property may owe its richness to the way the big picture fits together, but it also owes it to the smaller details. As you make your way through the gardens, you are sure to notice how impossible it is to take everything in at once. There is always something new to catch the eye: the delicate stone frame of a fountain spout, the mysteries of the secret garden or some other delight waiting to be discovered.
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