The National Museum of Qatar by Jean Nouvel, Constructing a New Identity

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Advisor to Jean Nouvel
Stéphane MARTIN
Hafid RAKEM (Area Manager), Éric MARIA (General Manager), Brian WAIT (Project Delivery Manager – Studies).
Project leader
Studies and Construction.- Philippe CHARPIOT, Nikola RADOVANOVIC (Lead Architects), Daniela FORTUNA (QAQC Manager – Design and construction stages), Toshihiro KUBOTA, Éric STEPHANY (Concept Design).
Project Team
Construction Site.- Claire BUFFLIER, Daniela FORTUNA, Georges GROPPAS, Maximilien MONTANARO, Valle PINERO. Working Drawings & Tender Documents.- Ghita BERRADIA, Claire BUFFLIER, Michel CALZADA, Bernard DUPRAT, Daniela FORTUNA, Georges GROPPAS, Narjis LEMRINI, Aroa LUJAN, Maximilien MONTANARO, Jose MONTEIRO, Marian MORAVEK, Samuel NAGEOTTE, Juliana PARK, Edouard PERVES, Paul PIRES DA FONTE, Matthieu PUYAUBREAU, Magdalena SARTORI, Anna VOELLER. Schematic Design & Design Development.- Marilena CADAU, Adrien CHAUVEAU, Victoria D’ALISA, Yaêlle DEVAUX, Daniela FORTUNA, Hakan ALDOGAN, Maja KWASNIEWSKA, Maximilien MONTANARO, Benoit PAILLOUX. Concept Design.- Pablo ALVARENGA, Valentin BERNARD, Victoria D’ALISA, Yann HECKLER, Benoit PAILLOUX, Ana TABORDA, Kiyomi SUZUKI, Laura COLLINS, Khadija DJELLOULI, Miguel REYES, Anthony THEVENON.
3D & BIM Architects
Working Drawings & Tender Documents.- Edmondo OCCHIPINTI & Susan CONSTANTINE (Gehry Technology), Yann HECKLER, Narjis LEMRINI, Samuel NAGEOTTE, Edouard PERVES. Schematic Design & Design Development.- Yann HECKLER. Concept Design.- Toshihiro KUBOTA, Yann HECKLER, Narjis LEMRINI, Aurelien COULANGES.
Studies and Construction.- Museographer.- Renaud PIERARD (Renaud Pierard Studio). Lead Interior Designer.- Sabrina LETOURNEUR. Project Manager.- Philippe CHARPIOT. Lead Architect.- Kirsi MARJAMAKI-MAS, Julie PARMENTIER. Architects.- Giulia FELICE, Lucia GIUDICE, François-Xavier FOILLARD, Alvaro LOPEZ, Geraldine LEYDIER, Valle PINERO, Francisco SILVA, Valle PINERO. Interior Designer.- Floriane ABELLO, Jennifer KANDEL, Sophie LAROMIGUIERE, Tanguy NGUYEN, Daniele PASIN, Anita PEBOECK, Jim RHONE, Antoine WENDLING. Art Film Consultant.- Pierre EDELMAN.
Interior Design
Lead Interior Designer.- Sabrina LETOURNEUR. Assistant Interior Designer.- Floriane ABELLO, Sophie LAROMIGUIERE, Daniele PASIN. LANDSCAPE.- Michel DESVIGNE, Ana MARTI-BARON (Lead Landscape Architect). COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGES.- Éric ANTON (ARTEFACTORY), Keely COLCLEUGH, Mizuho KISHI, Yann HECKLER, Sébastien RAGEUL. GRAPHIC DESIGN.- Marie MAILLARD, Eugénie ROBERT.
Cost Consultant
MDA Consulting & Northcroft
ARUP London
Renaud PIERARD (Museography), dUCKS scéno – Michel COVA (Scenography), BCS & INGPHI (Facades), Scherler (Interior lighting), AIK (Exterior lighting), AVEL Acoustique (Acoustics), Pentagram-London (Signage), Atlas (Specifications), Aecom (Landscape engineering), Gehry Technology (BIM management), Licht-Kunst-Licht (Museographic lighting), dUCKS scéno – Labeyrie & associés, Immersive (Museographic multimedia), Art+Com, Opera Amsterdam (Particular exhibition), Scherler SA (Landscape electricity), B+S SA (Landscape civil engineer), Pierre EDELMAN (Film consultant), QDC (Architect of record), AECOM & PARSONS (Roads design), Mohammed Ali ABDULLA (Heritage consultant), L’Observatoire International – Hervé DESCOTTES (Lighting Design.- Exterior, Landscape, Exterior Artworks).
Qatar Museums (QM)
30,000 m² / 40,000 m²
Permanent exhibition galleries, temporary exhibition gallery, auditorium (220-seats), forum (70-seats), two cafés, restaurant, boutique, Research Center, conservation laboratories, collection storages, office, public park Habitable area / Surface area.


Jean Nouvel, (born August 12, 1945) is a French architect. Nouvel studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was a founding member of Mars 1976 and Syndicat de l'Architecture. He has obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (technically, the prize was awarded for the Institut du Monde Arabe which Nouvel designed), the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize in 2008.

Nouvel was awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honour, in 2008, for his work on more than 200 projects, among them, in the words of The New York Times, the "exotically louvered" Arab World Institute, the bullet-shaped and "candy-colored" Torre Agbar in Barcelona, the "muscular" Guthrie Theater with its cantilevered bridge in Minneapolis, and in Paris, the "defiant, mysterious and wildly eccentric" Musée du quai Branly (2006) and the Philharmonie de Paris (a "trip into the unknown" c. 2012).

Pritzker points to several more major works: in Europe, the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art (1994), the Culture and Convention Center in Lucerne (2000), the Opéra Nouvel in Lyon (1993) , Expo 2002 in Switzerland and, under construction, the Copenhagen Concert Hall and the courthouse in Nantes (2000); as well as two tall towers in planning in North America, Tour Verre in New York City and a cancelled condominium tower in Los Angeles. International cultural projects such as the Abu Dhabi Louvre, the Philharmonic Hall in Paris, the Qatar National Museum in Doha, or the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010 in London.

In its citation, the jury of the Pritzker prize noted:

Of the many phrases that might be used to describe the career of architect Jean Nouvel, foremost are those that emphasize his courageous pursuit of new ideas and his challenge of accepted norms in order to stretch the boundaries of the field. [...] The jury acknowledged the ‘persistence, imagination, exuberance, and, above all, an insatiable urge for creative experimentation’ as qualities abundant in Nouvel’s work.

Among his principal completed projects, we find the Arab World Institute in Paris, the Cartier Foundation and the Quai Branly museum in Paris, the Culture and Congress Center KKL in Lucerne, the extension of the Queen Sofia Arts Center in Madrid, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Philharmonic of Paris…
Among the projects currently under studies or under construction: the “53W53, Tour de Verre” integrating the extension of the MoMA galleries in New York, the residential towers “Le Nouvel” in Kuala Lumpur, “Anderson 18” and “Ardmore” in Singapore and “Rosewood” in São Paulo, the office towers “Hekla” and “Duo” in Paris, the cultural complex “The Artists’ Garden” in Qingdao or the National Art Museum of China NAMOC in Beijing… The design of the Louvre Abu Dhabi began in 2006 with Jean Nouvel’s Partner Architect Hala Wardé.




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