Leading Cultural Destinations Press Release: The National Museum of Qatar is the only cultural destination in the world to have won two prestigious LCD Berlin Awards for 2020: A New Culture Destinations of the Year award in the ‘Middle East and Africa’ category and a Leading Culture Destinations of the Year award for Best Museum Shop.
Designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the National Museum of Qatar tells the story of Qatar’s heritage and culture through the usage of films and artworks, artifacts, and music that when combined display the wide range of the Qatari ‘voice’ and people.
The National Museum is organized as a thematic and chronological sequence of galleries, which take the visitor on a 1.5-km (9-mile) journey through immersive, multisensory experiences.
The building is based on the form of the desert rose, composed of large interlocking disks of different diameters and curvatures that surround the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani (1880-1957), the son of the founder of modern Qatar.
The organic design and craftsmanship of Nouvel’s architecture echo that of the museum shop where Japanese interior designer Koichi Takada communicates his vision of bringing nature back into architecture through a magnificent design of honey-hued timber curves inspired by Qatar’s Dahl Al Misfir (Cave of Light).
40,000 individual pieces of wood were assembled by hand, like a puzzle, by the Italian master carpenter, Claudio Devoto, and his team. The gift shop at the National Museum of Qatar offers a large collection of well-designed, exclusive gifts, many of which draw their inspiration from the history, heritage, and culture of Qatar.
(Image Source: LCD Berlin)