(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
DOHA: The internationally renowned MIPIM Awards named the National Museum of Qatar as the ‘Best Futura Project' for its architectural and engineering qualities during their annual ceremony in Cannes this year.
Since 1991, MIPIM has honoured only the most outstanding and accomplished projects from around the world.
This year MIPIM looked beyond architectural aspects and honored projects that are making a new step towards connecting people in cities, using innovation and environmental qualities combined with beautiful design.
Reflecting on this achievement as the project management consultant, ASTAD Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Ali Al-Khalifa said: 'This is the second internationally renowned award the National Museum of Qatar has won in the past year and I am so proud that it is getting the global attention it deserves. We will continue to work together with Qatar Museums to deliver this engineering feat and ensure it is brought to life safely and sustainably. I have no doubt that the National Museum of Qatar will be one of the Middle East's most iconic landmarks.
Qatar Museums Chief Executive Officer, Special Advisor to H E The Chairperson, Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud said: 'The National Museum of Qatar is a celebration of Qatar's identity and will honor its rich heritage while connecting it to its future. Its continuous recognition in the area of architecture and innovation is a testament to its position as one of the country's most significant and ambitious cultural projects.
The National Museum highlights Qatar Museums' commitment to fulfilling the cultural goals of the 2030 Qatar National Vision, contributing towards creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure for Qatar, and helping to build a diversified, knowledge-based economy. The design of the museum reflects the desert rose, commonly found beneath the sands of the Gulf region.
The structure is a highly complex organically propagating series of interlocking disks that surround the building, creating a ring of gallery spaces circling a central court.
The palace of the former ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani is the landmark centerpiece that the National Museum of Qatar is being built around. Located along the Corniche of Doha the project will provide 8,000sqm of permanent and 2,000sqm of temporary gallery space.