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Architect Koichi Takada teams with top French chef Alain Ducasse to design restaurant in the National Museum of Qatar

Commercial Real Estate

24th February 2019

by Sue Williams


A whole galaxy of stars aligned when 21 Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse designed a restaurant with top Australian architect Koichi Takada for a new museum that has already won a host of awards and has just been nominated for several more.

“It’s been a wonderful end to an incredible 10-year journey,” said Mr Takada, who was first hired to design the interiors of the National Museum of Qatar, in Doha, in 2010 by the reigning royal family.

Mr Takada took inspiration for the design of the interiors of the restaurant – called Jiwan, the Qatari word for “the perfect pearl” – from indigenous Bedouin heritage and traditions linked to the sea, such as fishing, pearl diving, trading and wooden sailing dhows, as well as the physical environment of the inland sea reaching into the desert.

The colours of the carpet fade from those of the desert sands to the light turquoise of the water until finishing in the middle in a deep aquamarine blue, while more than four million pearl-like crystal beads are suspended from the ceiling, which is itself shaped like an oyster shell.


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