Platinum 2019 / ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

National Museum of Qatar

  • Company/Firm
    Jean Nouvel
  • Lead Designer
    Jean Nouvel
  • Firm Size
    Large
  • Firm City
    Paris
  • Web URL

The National Museum of Qatar emerges from a desert that has ventured all the way to the sea. On the site, the Royal Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani rises up, a twentieth-century landmark of major heritage value to Qatar.

The National Museum is dedicated to the history of Qatar. Symbolically, its architecture evokes the desert, its silent and eternal dimension, but also the spirit of modernity and daring that have come along and shaken up what seemed unshakeable. So, it’s the contradictions in that history that I’ve sought to evoke here.

Photo Credit: Jean Nouvel