Msheireb Museums

John McAslan + Partners

 

This group of historic Heritage Houses within Msheireb Properties' flagship redevelopment of the historical downtown area of Doha comprises Company House, Bin Jelmood House, Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House. They have been remodelled and extended to accommodate state-of-the-art museum environments showcasing key elements of Qatari history and culture. 

The creation of contemporary museums within existing buildings is always challenging, requiring a forensic understanding of original building fabrics, and the way these buildings relate to their environment. While the heritage value of these structures has been respected, they have been sensitively transformed to accommodate the latest museum display technologies. In the age of Google and iPad, the Msheireb Museums bring history vividly to life, using interactive exhibition displays to communicate the experience, artefacts and meanings of the past to a 21st-century audience. Imaginatively preserving Doha's rich heritage, the Museums communicate a distinct chapter of Qatari history and culture, revealing how Qataris lived and worked, creating a vibrant hub for the reinvigorated cultural activity of the modern city. The result is a sequence of buildings with a shared DNA, reviving local heritage and culture through a unified architectural idiom.

The Msheireb Museums can be summarised in one phrase: 'rooted in the past while looking to the future', offering an extraordinary opportunity to discover the past, enjoy the present and contribute to Qatar's future.

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