View of the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani together with the new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan
View of the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani together with the new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan

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The National Museum of Qatar, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, opens its doors on March 28th.

A mirage shimmers in the desert air and then vanishes. But Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar is far from an illusion. At the end of an epic, from Abu Dhabi to Doha, and since his “coming of age building”, the Arab World Institute in Paris, Nouvel has gently shaped (some would say engulfed) the architecture of the Arab world.

— Read Jean Louis Violeau’s full report in AA’s 429th issue, March 2019, available on our online shop. —

Aerial view of the new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan
Aerial view of the National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan

 

View of the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani together with the new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan
View of the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani together with the new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan

 

The new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan
National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan

 

The new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan
National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan

 

The new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan
National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan

 

The new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan
National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan

 

The new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan
National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan

 

Close-up view of the interlocking disks of the new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan
Close-up view of the interlocking disks of the National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan

 

Close-up view of the interlocking disks of the new National Museum of Qatar designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan
Close-up view of the interlocking disks of the National Museum of Qatar, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan

 

National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Lida Guan
National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Lida Guan

 

National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Danica Kus
National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Danica Kus

 

National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Danica Kus
National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Danica Kus

 

Musée national du Qatar par les Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan
National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Iwan Baan

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