On the last March 28, the National Museum of Qatar designed by the French top architect Jean Nouvel, winner of the Pritzker Prize, opened in Doha. This modern architecture masterpiece consists of eleven contemporary art galleries, where are presented both archaeological finds and creative works of Qatari art: poetry, music, painting, feature films.
The modern museum narrative flows through the spaces just like the architecture of the building itself. Presented in 11 contemporary art galleries, it’s a 1.5-kilometer journey through three “chapters” of Qatari history: Beginnings, Life in Qatar, and Building the Nation.
All the architecture building palace is surrounded by a complex museum complex, the form of which Jean Nouvel rented from the mineral aggregate called “The Rose of the Desert”. This natural formation with a unique design, really comparable to a flower, happens in the process of crystallization in layers of sand or soil.
With a contemporary design, the National Museum of Qatar has huge discs of different diameters simultaneously act as supports and expressive design elements: all of them shade the space between the galleries and form the courtyard, which they plan to use for events.
The National Museum of Qatar is a wonderful architectural design building that is located opposite the lively Doha Corniche, and this contemporary architecture building will be the first thing people see entering the city from the airport. Why? Because the sandy finish of the facade with a unique design of the National Museum of Qatar fits perfectly into the desert landscape, and it seems that the building grows out of the ground.
The National Museum of Qatar is an impressive marriage of past and present. Inside this futuristic shell, the museum’s centerpiece is the newly restored palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, son of the founder of modern Qatar.
Besides this, the National Museum of Qatar was the first contemporary architecture museum to receive a LEED certificate. This modern architecture building is proof patent of how intense this energy is.
Everything in the National Museum of Qatar works to make the visitor feel the desert and the sea. The museum’s modern architecture and structure represent the mysteries of the desert’s concretions and crystallization, suggesting the interlocking pattern of the bladelike petals of the desert rose.