Chedi Katara

Balancing traditional elegance and contemporary calm in a dynamic global village


Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar


91 keys (59 guest rooms and 32 chalets/villas)
66,375 sqm site

Prominently sited at the end of a public promenade, this luxury resort is one of the newest addition to the Katara Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar.

The client’s goals were clear from the start: taking cues from the Village’s many global influences, create a landmark of traditional Moghul architecture that not only reflects the grand, historic palaces found on their travels in India and throughout the region, but that also personifies the modern Chedi brand rooted in peace, tranquility and comfort.

Each element of the building’s exterior is carefully detailed, designed to the principles of purity of proportion, hierarchy, symmetry and rhythm. Figurative components, molding and fretwork were all delivered with precise accuracy to Moghul architectural traditions. What would have been open-air arcades and walkways have been closed in to manage Qatar’s challenging climate, but glazed in such a way that they don’t look out of place.

The interior design is similarly authentic, balancing classic style with a gentle contemporary twist to create an environment of elegance and calm. With sightlines to the sea, interior spaces blend the refined, formal style of traditional palaces with the cool, comfortable tone of coastal resorts. Even the color palette demonstrates this tranquil balance of soothing neutrals punctuated by luxurious reds and fresh greens, underscoring Chedi’s sophistication.

Overall, cohesion has been achieved through a seamless connection between the exterior and interior, as well as design consistency from the most prominent architectural elements to the soft, subtle details within the custom-designed textiles and carefully curated artwork.