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Using 3D modelling software, the shops are a three-dimensional puzzle, comprising 40,000 individual wooden pieces, hand assembled on site./photo by Tom Ferguson

National Museum of Qatar Gift Shops

PrizeWinner in Interior Design / Retail
Firm LocationSydney, Australia
Project locationDoha, Qatar
CompanyKoichi Takada Architects
Lead ArchitectKoichi Takada
ClientQatar Museums Authority

Inspired by Dahl Al Misfir (Cave of Light), the National Museum of Qatar Gift Shops echo Koichi Takada’s vision of bringing nature back into architecture, establishing relationships that connect people and nature through design. Using 3D modelling software, the shops are a three-dimensional puzzle, comprising 40,000 individual wooden pieces. Each is unique, fitting only with its corresponding piece and were assembled by hand on-site. The intensity of the design and craftsmanship pays homage to the desert rose inspired architecture and celebrates the natural Qatari heritage of the desert-scape.