By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


Qatar act

Did I tell you the story about me, I M Pei and de Niro in Qatar?

Last weekend, Astragal jetted to Doha, Qatar, for the star-studded opening of the latest architectural jewel in the Persian Gulf, the jaw-dropping Museum of Islamic Art (pictured above) by nonagenarian US architect I M Pei.

Rubbing shoulders were Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, artist Damien Hirst, gallerist Jay Jopling and Tate head Nicholas Serota (the last two presumably sniffing around for some recession-proof art collectors and donors). Legendary actor Robert De Niro (pictured above right) was also there, having flown out to launch the Tribeca Film Festival Doha, a branch of the festival he runs in New York. The day after the party, De Niro swept up to his press conference at Pei’s new museum by boat, before getting stuck in the outdoor lift that brings visitors from the jetty to the plaza of the museum. As photographers ruthlessly snapped away, the doors just would not open. Asked what he thought of the museum, the unscripted De Niro said he ‘had no words to describe it’. Must have forgotten his lines, thought Astragal.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters