The Australian Newspaper
13th April 2019
by Christine Mccabe
There’s an Australian connection to the newly opened National Museum of Qatar rising above Doha’s waterfront Corniche.
Designed by Jean Nouvel, the Pritzker Prize-winning French architect behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the impressive new museum consists of a series of layered, intersecting discs inspired by the so-called desert rose, surreal crystal clusters that sprout in the sand and bear a striking resemblance to the flower.
But the restaurants and retail spaces are the work of Sydney-based Koichi Takada Architects after winning an international design competition in 2012. Principal architect Koichi Takada expects the building will have a “Bilbao effect”, and it’s certainly a showstopper, sprawling along the Corniche en route from the airport. A 1.5km stroll takes in 11 galleries and the newly restored palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani. Exhibits include the 19th-century Pearl Carpet of Baroda, embroidered with more than 1.5 million Gulf pearls.
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