According to Whitney Robinson, ELLE DÉCOR’s Editor in Chief, the National Museum of Qatar has “the world’s most beautiful Museum Gift Shop“. Koichi Takada was the responsible architect for building all the stunning interiors. As a member of a new generation of architects that aim to ‘naturalize’ the modern architecture in the urban environment, the main idea behind the modern interior design means accompaniment the exterior ‘desert rose’ concept envisioned by French architecture master, Jean Nouvel.
As you can see, these images of the modern museum by Tom Ferguson showcases the National Museum of Qatar shop space that has been created taking direct inspiration from Qatar’s natural “Cave of Light”, which can be found in the heart of the country.
40,000 wooden pieces of a three-dimensional puzzle were put together and each wooden piece with unique design only fit with its exact complementary piece. All of them inside the National Museum of Qatar were collected by hand in Doha by Italian master carpenter, Claudio Devoto and his team of artisans and craftsmen.
This modern architectural building masterpiece – the National Museum of Qatar – consists of eleven contemporary art galleries, where are presented both archaeological finds and creative works of Qatari art: poetry, music, painting, feature films.
With a contemporary interior design and honoring craftsmanship that originates a relationship between people and nature, founding an architectural design expression that is contextually pertinent to the surrounding environment, all the modern interiors by Koichi Takada pay homage to Jean Nouvel’s inspiration. The National Museum of Qatar celebrates the natural Qatari heritage of the desert’s cape.
Arousing the organic forms of the cave of light. Koichi Takada aims to produce a space that embraces the culture of Qatar: the timber walls of the National Museum of Qatar shops were inspired by Dahl Al Misfir. Its organic architecture echoes Koichi Takada’s vision of bringing nature back into architecture, establishing relationships that connect people and nature through contemporary design and using a cutting-edge 3D modeling software.
Images by: Tom Ferguson