The interlocking disc design by Jean Nouvel is inspired by the desert rose. The space is a thriving hub for the public, students, and museum professionals. It redefines the role of a cultural institution, fostering a spirit of participation and providing the conditions for discovery to thrive. Beyond galleries, it provides:
– 220-seat auditorium
– two retail outlets, two restaurants and a café
– a dedicated food forum, preserving culinary traditions
– research Centre and laboratories
– a park filled with indigenous plants
It is built around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace – his family home and seat of the government for 25 years. To celebrate his life, we recently held an exhibition at QM Gallery, Katara. Featuring historic artifacts, photographs, oral history interviews, and original films, it presented new insights and illustrated his legacy.