28th March 2019
by Linda Cheng
The National Museum of Qatar, designed by Atelier Jean Nouvel, has opened to the public.
Australian practice Koichi Takada Architects has designed a series of interior spaces for the building, including retail spaces and a number of hospitality venues.
Nouvel’s design for the building is inspired by the desert rose, a geological phenomenon that forms clusters of gypsum crystals resembling rose petals. The building’s form is hence made up of a series of dramatic interlocking discs, which form complex geometries.
In turn, Koichi Takada Architects’ design for the interiors takes inspiration from Nouvel’s architecture. The Desert Rose restaurant on the ground floor directly references the form of the building through a series of interlocking discs that form the banquette seating. Space is hidden under a large disc with a low ceiling, which creates the sensation of being inside a cave.
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