December 23, 2008

Museum of Islamic Arts

I.M.Pei has recently completed the Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar. The museum aims to showcase the complexity and diversity of the arts of Islamic culture and be an international centre for learning and creativity.

The building is defined by the main volume - an abstracted pyramid, common in Pei's work, made up of large cubic forms. The 35,000 sq.m mass, rendered with quarry stone exterior, appears to majestically rise out of the sea. The interiors however lack the simple elegance of the elevations, appearing overworked and dated.

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