Museum of National Textiles and Costumes, Qatar
Client: Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Qatar
This museum is located in the historic district of Doha. The brief was to transform the old Al Koot fort into a modern museum for textiles and costumes and to provide a protected social space for Qatari women to enjoy contemporary fashion. The museum is divided into a café and restaurant in the old courtyard with the museum being mainly below ground. A public space above was designed for evening use, created by columns of light and water.
An awareness of the relationship between heritage, contemporary architecture, art and artifact was key to the success of the design of this museum. UFA drew inspiration from the threading of fabric in Islamic art and integrated the concept to embody the architecture and contents of the museum. The design complied to international museum standards.