One of the most anticipated projects of the year is finally complete. The National Museum of Qatar in Doha, which is called the “rose of the desert”, has opened to the public content/uploads/2022/02/e465100e15bd4839f45e8c4f2b4c5ee7.jpg” />
Architects, of course, love metaphors, but the building of the National Museum of Qatar really looks like a bud, consisting of steel discs-petals. According to Jean Nouvel, the implementation of such a design was a serious test, so the construction was delayed for more than 10 years. “Taking the desert rose as the basis of the concept was a progressive idea, if not utopian. To build a building with such curved discs, we had to solve very difficult technical problems. This project is at the forefront of technology, just like Qatar itself today,” says the architect.
Disks intersecting each other seem fragile, but in fact they perform all structural and architectural functions: some serve as walls, others as canopies, others – farms. The sand finish of the facade harmoniously fits into the surrounding landscape of the desert, stretching along the sea coast. From afar, it even looks like the building is growing out of the ground.
Now the National Museum of Qatar is the most prominent building that tourists see upon arrival in Doha. Near it is the palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Yassim al-Thani, the son of the former head of state, which was restored in 2014 by Berlin architects from Ziegert Roswag Seiler Architekten Ingenieure.
In addition to galleries, various lecture halls, several shops and cafes are located inside the museum. The permanent exhibition covers the history of the country from ancient times to the present day. Visitors will have the chance to see unique and rare exhibits, such as the famous pearl carpet embroidered by craftsmen from the Principality of Baroda, and the most ancient Koran found in Qatar. Guests will also have access to a digital archive of thousands of images, videos and documents from around the world that have shaped the Qatari identity. www.qm.org.qa, www.jeannouvel.com
Address: Museum Park St, Doha, Qatar