The Most Anticipated Regional Projects in 2019
The National Museum of Qatar
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.
Pearling Path Visitor Centre in Bahrain
Valerio Olgiati designed this visitor center to be the endpoint of the Pearling Path, a protected heritage site in the Kingdom of Bahrain that examines the region’s cultural and economic history in the pearl industry. Comprising more than 15 distinct sites (and 17 architectural components) along a meandering route through the city, the Path will allow visitors a deep dive into the tradition that dominated the region from pre-history to the early 1900s.
Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, this stadium reflects Al Wakrah’s tradition and captures the essence of the traditional dhow, an Arabian pearl fishing boat. The design of the stadium and the development of an approx. 585,000 m2 will have a gross capacity of 40,000. The top-tiers of the stadium will be modular, allowing the stadium’s capacity to be lowered to 20,000.
The Grand Egyptian Museum in Egypt
Designed by heneghan peng architects, the site for the Grand Egyptian Museum is located at the edge of the first desert plateau between the pyramids and Cairo. The design of the museum utilizes the level difference to construct a new ‘edge’ to the plateau, a surface defined by a veil of translucent stone that transforms from day to night.
Bee’ah HQ in UAE
Bee’ah, the Middle East’s leading fully integrated environmental and waste management company has commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects to build its new Headquarters Building in Sharjah, UAE, following the 2013 international competition. The building embodies these principles by providing the company with an administrative centre of sustainable construction of LEED Platinum Certification, with ultra-low carbon and minimal water consumption in operation and minimized material consumption in construction. The new building and site will also be used as a learning resource to demonstrate practical environmental awareness to the wider community.