This contemporary museum is inspired by the Islamic architectural principles of light, geometry and water. Built on reclaimed land off the coast of Doha, the island museum comprises a five-storey main building and an education centre with a courtyard in between. The main building is monolithic limestone apart from the glass curtain walling to the north, facing the Arabian Gulf. The plan form is a square surmounted by an octagon and then a circle, which is the dome above the atrium. The dome’s facets reflect sunlight from the oculus, a play of light enhanced by chandeliers. Fountains and mist gardens complete the traditional Islamic references.
Museum of Islamic Art Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2010.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.