Museum & Mixed-Use
Eduardo Souto de Moura; Menos é Mais (Guedes + DeCampos)
A mixture of nostalgia and anticipation
Our proposal explores the ability of Architecture and urban planning to spread a cultural event, so the transformation leads to optimism and a contrasting pleasure drive between the Doha bay, the museum, the city and the public that will experience this place.
Taking advantage of the excellent location the new museum is an urban landmark. The building rise from the ground in an unpredictable suspension and is founded as a platform of large freedom/flexibility of the public space, so that it allows a connection between the macro scale, and the local boundary lines.
The suspended mass creates a “new monumentality” on the waterfront and relates to the scales of AL Riwaq Doa, Museum of Modern Art.
Our proposal stems in a spatial development that arises from the observation of the pre-existence and the sense of place, marked by the sign of juxtaposition: volumes, internal and external spaces, elevation plans, vain, empty and full.
The Qatar Flour Mills are “reinvented” by the new program gaining axiality within a local and territorial development framework: the former site will be transformed into an animated, cultural destination in the social and historic heart of Qatar’s capital city, becoming one of the largest and most ambitious institutions in the world.