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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF QATAR SHOP INTERIORS

Koichi Takada Architects

Architects
Koichi Takada Architects

Location
Doha, Qatar

Category
Store

Project Year
2019

Photographs
Tom Ferguson Photography, Oscar Rialubin

Clients
Qatar Museum Authority

Project Management
ASTAD Project Management

Main Contractor
IMAR Trading & Contracting

Joinery
Devoto Design

MEP
Sogelec

Lighting Fixtures
ERCO and IBL Lighting

The design of the Interiors by Koichi Takada Architects in the National Museum of Qatar is a Narrative of the Qatari history.

© Tom Ferguson Photography
© Tom Ferguson Photography
© Tom Ferguson Photography

The designs are an embodiment of the Qatari history, the beginnings of the trade, nomadic lifestyle and beautiful natural environment.

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Through many conversations with the local Qatari people, the designs evolved to translate a story into visual design and memorable experience.

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The Dahl Al Misfir (Cave of Light), located in the heart of Qatar, is a beautiful underground sanctuary formed largely from fibrous gypsum crystals that give off a faint, moon-like, phosphorescent glow.

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© Oscar Rialubin
© Tom Ferguson Photography
© Tom Ferguson Photography

Gypsum can appear in formations of clusters, such as the famous ‘desert rose’, but can also crystallize in other forms of fluorescent and translucent shapes, interacting with light and transforming the space, evolving through the day.

The timber walls of the museum shops were inspired by Dahl Al Misfir. Its organic architecture echoes Koichi Takada’s vision of bringing nature back into architecture, establishing relationships that connect people and nature through design.

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Using a cutting-edge 3D modeling software, we achieved a design of curves and surfaces that words fail to describe.

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© Oscar Rialubin

Imagine putting together the 40,000 wooden pieces of a three-dimensional puzzle? Each wooden piece, CNC-cut in Italy, is entirely unique so it could only fit with its exact complementary piece.

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They were assembled by hand in Doha by Italian master carpenter, Claudio Devoto and his team of artisans. The intensity of the design and craftsmanship pays homage to Jean Nouvel’s desert rose inspired architecture and celebrates the natural Qatari heritage of the desert-scape.

© Tom Ferguson Photography


Courtesy of Koichi Takada Architects
Courtesy of Koichi Takada Architects
Courtesy of Koichi Takada Architects