A 40,000m² desert rose: the new National Museum of Qatar, designed by French architect and Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel, brings the cultural heritage of the desert peninsula to life for the world. In Doha's new museum, which plays with form and scale in a highly special way, ERCO illuminates galleries for temporary exhibitions as well as museum outlets, restaurants and cafés.
The permanent galleries of the museum invite visitors to immerse themselves in the history and culture of Qatar, a country in which tradition is deeply rooted and progress is experienced in the appearance of the city. The symbiosis of old and new also reflects the character of the new museum, which pays homage to the past and celebrates the future. Jean Nouvel has created incomparable architecture over a construction period of several years: inspired by a desert rose, a natural phenomenon in which leaf-like crystal clusters form under dry, sandy conditions, the new museum complex consists of 76,000 interlocking discs of different sizes. The new museum at the southern end of the Doha's corniche road displays the history of Qatar on an area of 1.5 million m² in three acts, a journey through time with museum visitors covering more than 2.7km.