doha art mill competition qatar museums shortlist announced designboom
high profile names on longlist for doha art mill in qatar
image courtesy of qatar museums / malcolm reading consultants




26 high profile firms have been selected to progress to the second stage of an international competition to find the designer of the art mill in doha, envisioned as one of the world’s leading cultural centers. chosen from a field of 489 submissions, practices include the architectural studios of david chipperfield, sou fujimoto and renzo piano. measuring 83,500 square meters (898,787 square feet), the complex will be one of the largest in the world and will serve as a bridge among various cultures and societies. the full shortlist can be seen in alphabetical order below.


ábalos + sentkiewicz
adam khan architects
aires mateus e associados
arab engineering bureau
atelier bow-wow
barozzi / veiga
david chipperfield architects
EAA emre arolat architects
eduardo souto de moura architects
grupo aranea
heneghan peng architects
johnston marklee
junya.ishigami + associates
lacaton & vassal
mangado architects_mangado & associados
miralles tagliabue EMBT
nieto sobejano arquitectos
noero architects and the matrix… cc urban designers and architects
OFFICE kersten geers david van severen + l’AUC
patkau architects
project meganom
renzo piano building workshop
rice+lipka architects
sou fujimoto architects

the plot is to the east of museum of islamic art, designed by I. M. pei




the plot is currently occupied by qatar flour mills, which sits to the east of museum of islamic art (MIA) — designed by I. M. pei. the site’s industrial use has resulted in a legacy in the layout and spaces of the existing buildings, and adapting these structures will prove a key aspect of the project.


while predominantly comprising exhibition galleries, the museum’s brief also includes extensive education, conference and event space, as well as state-of-the-art conservation and storage to match the diversity of the collection. there will also be facilities to support the community and provide amenities for visiting families.

the site’s former industrial use has resulted in a distinctive legacy




the qatar flour mills company has a distinguished name within the gulf as a pioneer in food production, said her excellency sheikha al mayassa bint hamad bin khalifa al thani, chairperson of qatar museums. ‘now that it is re-locating to the new port, we are grateful to be given this building. in converting and reinventing it, we hope to feed the community with the latest cultural developments and artistic creations from around the world – as well as establishing a strong platform for the arab world to present their work within qatar’s international context.’


the brief for the project and the international jury for the competition will be released in early september 2015. the 26 competitors will then be asked to present their proposed schemes, with a shortlist of five architects announced in early 2016.