An old flour mill that is located off of Qatar’s Corniche will soon be redesigned into an art gallery and cultural center with the help of Chilean firm Elemental, officials have announced.
After participating the two-year long design contest held by Qatar Museums the Santiago-based architecture group emerged as the winner. The competition had attracted nearly 500 applicants from 56 nations.
Elemental is led by Alejandro Aravena, who last year became the first Chilean to receive the Pritzker prize, one of the world’s premier architecture awards.
Judges lauded Elemental’s “serene” design concept for the Doha Art Mill, which entailed retaining its existing silos and adding new ones that would act as cooling chimneys throughout the site.
In a statement, QM Chairperson Sheikha Al Mayassa Al Thani, who headed the contest jury, said:
“Elemental’s assured handling of space and scale in its treatment of the silos creates a memorable and original scheme that evokes a strong sense of calm.
The team showed a love of simplicity in the use of humble materials, which will acquire a patina with age.”
The mill is located in prime waterfront property that is located next to the Museum of Islamic Art and near the under-construction National Museum of Qatar.
According to officials, the plan is to reinvent the 80,000 sq meter industrial site into gallery and exhibition space with a “contemporary design.”
Education and conference facilities, conservation and storage areas and dedicated family spaces will also be included.
Details about which collections will be displayed in the Art Mill, or its launch timeline are yet to be announced
However, it will be significantly larger than the Tate Modern on London’s Southbank it seems.