Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Jean Nouvel’s Plans for the National Museum of Qatar Unveiled

"Fresh off of the success of his stunning 100 Eleventh Avenue apartment tower in New York, Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel designs for the National Museum of Qatar are being unveiled by the national authority of the Gulf region country.
By all accounts Nouvel’s designs will be just as innovative in the desert as they were in Chelsea. Taking the desert rose, a mineral formation of crystallized sand underneath the desert’s surface, as his muse for the museum’s 1.5-million-square-foot site on the Doha Corniche, a waterfront promenade on the Doha Bay in the country’s capital, Nouvel devised a ring of low-lying, interlocking pavilions that encircle a large courtyard. The structure is built around the historic Fariq Al Salatah Palace, which served as the country’s museum of heritage since 1975, and is organized like a caravanserai, the traditional enclosed resting places along desert trade routes. Its sand-colored concrete exterior will be surrounded by a 1.2-million-square-foot park that interprets the Qatari landscape with native grasses and indigenous plants like pomegranate trees, date palms, and the Sidra tree, Qatar’s national tree. "

"The museum will boast 86,000-square-feet of permanent gallery space, 21,500-square-feet of temporary gallery space, a 220-seat auditorium, a television studio, two cafés, a restaurant, and a museum shop. Staff facilities will include a heritage research center, restoration laboratories, and collection processing and storage areas."

......THIS IS COOL, DUDE!... i really love the shape of it...
aha.. i really suit the post modernism style.. odd shape-ed building and the inside.. the exploration of the materials till the end... huuuu.. huuu....
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