Located adjacent to the acclaimed Museum of Islamic Art designed by the partners’ father I.M. Pei, the Museum of Islamic Art Park is an approximately 70-acre public space that transforms the waterfront of Doha. It was the collaborative objective of PEI and the landscape architects QMA to make the park a major attraction for children, adults and artists, and a haven for cultural, educational and recreational exploration.
LOCATION: Doha, Qatar
CLIENT: Qatar Museums Authority (QMA)
SIZE: Approx. 70 acres/28 hectares
STATUS: Completed 2012
The park forms the north part of the existing corniche. A grand lawn of sloped geometrical planes with two valleys includes a series of tensile structures within the hollows that complement the geometry of the hills. The structures function as open gathering places covering kiosks and program elements such as a café, restaurant and restrooms. The Park is terminated opposite the Museum with Richard Serra’s “7” sculpture, almost 80 feet high.