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Architects shortlisted for Qatar Museums Art Mill design competition


Doha: Qatar Museums announced today the shortlist for the Art Mill International Design Competition and full details of the jury.

Finalist practices includes: Adam Khan Architects (UK) Atelier Bow-Wow, (Japan) EAA Emre Arolat, Architecture (Turkey), Elemental (Chile) junya.ishigami + associates (Japan) Mangado & Asociados (Spain) Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Italy) Rice+Lipka Architects (US).

Gifted with one of the most spectacular and historic sites in the centre of Doha, the Art Mill will be pre-eminent in Doha’s waterfront ensemble of institutions dedicated to art and is expected to become one of the world’s leading cultural centres.

The site, which extends into the Arabian Sea on three sides, adjoins the park around I.M. Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art, and is close to Jean Nouvel’s forthcoming National Museum of Qatar (currently under construction).

It was until recently occupied by Qatar Flour Mills and is historically significant as a key node within the Arabian Gulf port, essential for the import of grain. 

The eight competition finalists were selected by the international jury from the second stage, 26-strong longlist on the basis of their strategies for the site and its links to the city.

The jury met over two days last month in Doha to analyse and review the teams’ drawings, narratives and models.

The competition jury members are, Her Excellency Shaikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al -Thani, Her Excellency Shaikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al -Thani, Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, President, Qatar University Professor Harry Gugger, Principal, Harry Gugger Studio, Dr. Akel I. Kahera, Dean, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar Sir John Leighton, Director-General, National Galleries of Scotland Jasper Morrison, Designer Hiroshi Sugimoto, Photographic artist, sculptor, architect, producer, and author Professor Chris Wise FREng FICE RDI, Director, Expedition.

The jury was advised by competition organiser and architect, Malcolm Reading of Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) and QM technical representative Maha Hamad Al Hajri. 

The competition’s original open call for interest (the first stage) attracted great interest from the international design community with 489 submissions received from 56 countries.

The eight finalist practices will now be given a further briefing and progress onto more detailed concept designs for the Art Mill, which is conceived as a vibrant and multi-layered civic and cultural presence, a focus for the emerging campus of museums and cultural institutions at the eastern end of the Corniche. 
Her Excellency Shaikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, said, "The long-list was distinguished by some of the most talented architects practising today, and it is in recognition of this that we have expanded the shortlist from the five originally envisaged to eight.

"The competition reached out to designers working in very different contexts and communities. So we are delighted that the practices who persuaded the jury through their concept drawings and models reflect this diversity."

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