Museum of Islamic Arts

  • Located on the Persian Gulf and inspired by Qatar’s unique desert topography, the museum is a total fusion of architecture, display space, environmental technology and digital communications systems.  This desert/waterfront building integrates two existing mosques – one at its center and a second located on the northeast perimeter – as intrinsic structures in a parallel series of dune-like roof planes.  Lateral walls intersect this undulating shelter, allowing exhibitions and landscape to flow from inside to outside.  While the roof configurations are fluid and site-specific, the museum plan is based on a twelve-meter grid.  As this network morphs with the surrounding public spaces, its geometry dematerializes into the context as a fragmented version of the classic Islamic garden.