The Massive National Museum of Qatar Is Inspired by the Desert Rose

Designed by architect Jean Nouvel.

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Jean Nouvel — the French architect behind notable projects worldwide, such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi — has taken his expertise back to the Middle East, recently completing the enormous National Museum of Qatar in Doha.

The sprawling 560,000-square-foot venue opened to the public earlier this month, revealing an extraordinary sand-toned structure that was influenced in design by the desert rose. A desert rose is a natural flower-like formation native to the gulf region, which inspired the use of large intersecting disks for the construction of the concrete building. There is a courtyard featured in the center of the site, which doubles as a community and entertainment space for outdoor cultural events. The layout includes 11 galleries altogether, as well as the prime jewel of the museum: the historic palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, which has been restored in order to serve as a main exhibit.

“To imagine a desert rose as a basis for design was a very advanced idea, even a utopian one. To construct a building with great curved disks, intersections, and cantilevered angles — the kind of shapes made by a desert rose — we had to meet enormous technical challenges. This building is at the cutting edge of technology, like Qatar itself. As a result, it is a total object: an experience that is at once architectural, spatial, and sensory, with spaces inside that exist nowhere else,” Nouvel stated.

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شاهد أبرز الأحداث من حفل افتتاح متحف قطر الوطني أمام كبار الشخصيات مساء الأمس، بما في ذلك وصول ضيوفنا الدوليين والكلمة الترحيبية الخاصة التي ألقاها سمو الأمير وعرض الألعاب النارية الرائع من على سطح المتحف الذي رصّع سماء الدوحة بلألأة أنواره – اليوم، نفتح أبوابنا للترحيب بالجمهور في المتحف – ساعات العمل خلال عطلة نهاية الأسبوع الخميس: 10 صباحاً حتى 9 مساءً الجمعة: 1:30 ظهراً حتى 7 مساءً السبت: 10 صباحاً حتى 7 مساءً – ‎#متحف_قطر_الوطني #قطر_تبدع • See highlights from last night’s star-studded VIP Opening Celebration for the new National Museum of Qatar, including the arrival of our international guests, special welcoming remarks from HH the Amir and a dramatic fireworks display from the roof of the museum – lighting up Doha’s night sky. – Today, we open the doors and welcome the public. – Hours for the opening weekend are as follows: Thursday 10am – 9pm Friday 1.30pm – 7pm Saturday 10am – 7pm – #NMoQ #QatarCreates

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