'Desert rose' museum was built in Qatar


The museum will be the first notable building visitors see as they make their way to the city centre. New National Museum resembles giant desert rose – formation of crystal clusters of gypsum or baryte which can be formed in deserts

New museum was built on the basis of the palace of the Qatari Sheikh - one of the most famous architectural monuments of the city. The palace is surrounded by 76,000 rose-petals in 3,600 different shapes and sizes. These petals are not just decorations; they also form galleries and courtyard - additional space for cultural events.  Moreover those petals which were built instead of pillars protect from sunlight.

Its entrance includes 114 fountain sculptures in a 900-metre long lagoon. The museum is designed as a free-form space, in a way that does not include doors, and is meant to offer visitors a fluid experience as you move smoothly through time: from one historical period to another. Museum maintains 11 galleries with exhibitions of art, archaeological artifacts and fauna of Qatar. Here are an audience of 220 seats, a laboratory, a research center, office space, shops and restaurants.

Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani, director of NMoQ, Sheikha al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the head of the Qatar Museums Authority and French architect Jean Nouvel during a media tour of the new National Museum of Qatar.

Шейха Амна бінт Абдулазіз бін Джассім Аль Тані, директор NMoQ, Шейха аль-Маясса бінт Хамад бен Халіфа Аль Тані, голова управління музейною справою Катара та французький архітектор Жан Нувель на прес-конференції.