National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ)
Corniche, Doha, Qatar 40,000 sq. m

ABOUT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF QATAR (NMOQ): The National Museum of Qatar is prominently located on Doha’s famous Corniche. The form of the National Museum of Qatar is derived from the mineral formation known as the desert rose, commonly found beneath the sands of the Gulf region where it forms in the briny layer just below the desert surface. 

The design is an organically propagating series of interlocking disks that surround the historic palace like a necklace, creating a ring of gallery spaces around a central court. The building bears a resemblance to a “caravanserai” –a traditional enclosed resting place across desert trade routes –which will be used as a space for museum visitors and for outdoor cultural events. 

The desert rose form is representative of the culture and climate of Qatar. The building, like the desert people whose story it tells, utilizes light and shade, and flowing movement. It appears to grow out of the ground and blends seamlessly with its surroundings. Deep overhangs create cool shady areas for outdoor promenades and protect the interior from light and heat. The sand-color, concrete cladding is a perfect fit for Qatar’s dusty, humid environment.


  • The design is an organically propagating series of interlocking disks that surround the structure, creating a ring of gallery spaces circling a central court.
  • provide 8,000m2 of permanent and 2,000m2 of temporary gallery space.
  • This project includes an al 115,000m2 park with an artificial lagoon and parking spaces for 400 vehicles, a 220 seat auditorium, a research center, laboratories, a dedicated food forum, two restaurants, a cafe and a museum shop.
  • The disks are made of steel truss structures assembled in a hub-and-spoke arrangement, clad in glass fiber reinforced concrete panels.

We are providing Project and Construction Management consultancy throughout the development of the museum, ensuring our Client’s vision of an iconic, world-class building that complements the palace of the former ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani is brought to life.