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Qatar Museums reveals details of future Lusail Museum

Art Doha 21 Feb 24
Qatar Museums reveals details of future Lusail Museum
Qatar Museums reveals location, architectural renderings of Lusail Museum.
Event Location
Qatar, Qatar
Start Time
21 February 2024, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 March 2024, 12:00 AM

Qatar Museums on Thursday released new renderings and a virtual flythrough video of the future Lusail Museum, revealing new details of the building for this world-class arts institution and global think tank.

The design for the museum expresses this mission of convergence and conversation in a building conceived as "a vertically layered souk, or miniature city contained within a single building," which will be the cultural anchor of Lusail City, the sustainable city now being realized north of Doha.

The museum will occupy the southern tip of Al Maha island and act as a physical marker within the island. The museum's plan takes the form of a circle, which conveys both universal meaning and a specific response to the building traditions of the Middle East and Doha.

Within the robust concrete expression of the building, spaces inserted as counterpoints bring a different scale, material quality, and sensory experience for the visitor.

Three intersecting spheres shape and carve the volume of the building into two distinct parts: one resembling a full moon, the other a crescent moon wrapping around it. Double curvatures derived from the spheres form a crescent-shaped internal street naturally lit from above; it serves to connect the entrances of the museum to the central lobby and other public functions such as a library, auditorium, shop, café, and prayer space The building exterior is rough, earthen, sand-like and resilient, in response to its coastal setting; it appears as if it is a piece of the land itself. Daylight enters the interior spaces through deeply recessed windows cut out of the façade, protecting the interiors from direct sunlight; the surrounding sea and city of Lusail remain constantly visible. Collaborations with local and regional artisans and craftspeople will ensure a direct connection back to the local vernacular and reinforce the role of the project in preserving historic trades and fostering cultural exchange.

A central sculptural polished plaster stair, a reflective metal prayer space, a wooden-panelled library, a soft and intimate auditorium, and several cushioned and upholstered niches throughout all feature a variety of haptic qualities and materials such as wood, textiles, metals, and ceramic tiles.

The display spaces on the gallery floors differ in shape and proportion depending on their location, yet all provide flexibility for various types of exhibitions. Four abstract replicas from the interior of important historical buildings are inserted into the top gallery floor as anchor spaces: The dome covering Murat IIIs bedroom pavilion in the Palace of Topkapi in Istanbul (1579); the dome of the Jameh Mosque in Natanz (1320); the Ablution fountain in the courtyard of Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo (1296) and the Aljafaria dome in Saragossa (1050); four cupolas with distinct geometry and ornamentation relating to their geographical heritage. Pendentives, cross arches, muqarnas and squinches are the defining geometries of the selected dome typologies.

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