Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)
Corniche, Doha, Qatar 35,000 sq. m

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART (MIA): The museum provides a stunning view of the Doha skyline and is home to international artwork spanning three continents from the 7th to the 19th century. Chinese American architect M. Pei designed the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha by drawing heavily on the traditions of Islamic architecture with its exquisite sense of form and function that fuse together so effortlessly –while remaining utterly unique.

The museum, a first-of-its-kind in Qatar and the Arabian Gulf, is home to some of the most beautiful art work in the world. Perched on the edge of Doha harbor, on a purpose-built 26-hectare man-made island, the museum provides a unique view of the Doha skyline.

KEY FEATURES:

  • The building was built on a manmade island.
  • The museum site includes a five-story main building and a two-story education wing, connected across a central courtyard. 
  • The Museum’s education programs are housed in a wing to the east of the main building across a fountain courtyard. 
  • The Education Wing includes a light-filled reading room in the Museum library, classrooms, workshops, study spaces, and technical and storage facilities.
  • The cream-colored limestone captures the changes in light and shade during the day.The centerpiece of the atrium is a curved double staircase leading up to the first floor.
  • The five-storey 45-metre tall window on the north side gives spectacular panoramic views across the bay.
  • The geometric patterns of the Islamic world adorn the spaces, including the ceilings of the elevators. 
  • A glass curtain wall on the north side of the Museum offers views of the Gulf and West Bay area of Doha from all five floors of the atrium. 

We provided Project and Construction Management services for MIA, acting as the focal point between the Client, the designer, the lead architect, the end user, several government entities and the main contractor.