New images of the National Museum of Qatar
Qatar Museums presents new images of the National Museum of Qatar, Photographed by Iwan Baan.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel, the interlocking disc design was inspired by the desert rose. It evokes the life of the Qatari people between the desert and the sea. Seemingly growing organically out of the ground, the museum’s structure surrounds the Old Palace of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al Thani.
It celebrates Qatar’s culture, preserving and reconnecting visitors and residents with the country’s traditions and serves as the physical manifestation of the country’s proud identity, connecting its history with its diverse and cosmopolitan present.
The museum, designed by French Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, Jean Nouvel, is built around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace – his family home and seat of the government for 25 years.
The design evokes the life of the Qatari people between the desert and the sea, while the interlocking discs are inspired by the desert rose.View from Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani’s Old Palace into the courtyard of the upcoming National Museum of Qatar designed by Atelier Jean Nouvel (photo credit: Iwan Baan)
Key facts, The National Museum of Qatar contains:
- Caravanserai courtyard
- 12 museum galleries with two additional galleries designed to house temporary collections
- A 220-seat auditorium
- Café overlooking the main lobby
- Two museum gift shops
- Heritage research center, which is a research library open to both students and scholars
- Two restoration / conservation laboratories for collection processing and storage
- Facilities for school groups and special guests
- Landscaped park with playground activities for children
- Two outdoor coffee shops (kiosks)