The Peninsula -- The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) is among the most anticipated buildings which are set to complete or open this year. American news channel CNN has selected The National Museum of Qatar in the list of 10 ‘The most anticipated buildings set to shape the world in 2019’.
“2019 is also set to impress, with a number of ground-breaking designs and engineering feats due to complete around the world this year,” CNN website noted.
“This new 430,000-square-foot museum in Qatar’s capital will feature artworks and precious objects, including the famous Pearl Carpet of Baroda, which is embroidered with more than 1.5 million Gulf pearls,” it added.
The other nine buildings in the list include underwater restaurant, airport, museum and office building.
According to architect Jean Nouvel, the Pritzker Prize-winner, the new museum’s overlapping discs “symbolize the mysteries of the desert’s concretions and crystallizations, suggesting the interlocking pattern of the blade-like petals of the desert rose.”
Beijing Daxing International Airport, world’s largest underwater restaurant in Norway, Africa’s tallest tower in South Africa, the second-tallest office building in New York and a twisting glass tower in Beijing are among the other structures set to open during this year.
“Beijing will open its new Zaha Hadid-designed twisting glass tower, Johannesburg will welcome Africa’s new tallest tower and the world’s largest underwater restaurant will finally open its doors to diners in Norway,” it added.
NMoQ is expected to open its doors to the public in March. The immersive and experiential NMoQ tells the story of Qatar and its people from more than 700 million years ago through to today, giving voice to Qatar’s rich heritage and culture and expressing a vibrant community’s aspirations for the future.
The new museum embraces, as its centerpiece, the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani (1880-1957), son of the founder of modern Qatar: a building that in former times was both the home of the Royal Family and the seat of government, and was subsequently the site of the original National Museum.