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Adam Khan beats stars to make shortlist for Doha Art Mill

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Adam Khan Architects has been chosen ahead of some of the world’s biggest names to make it onto the shortlist for a massive new art gallery in Qatar

The London-based practice is the only British firm to reach the final eight in the contest for the 93,000m2 gallery project on Doha’s waterfront, having been selected alongside the likes of Renzo Piano, Chilean stars Elemental and Japan’s Atelier Bow-Wow.

However David Chipperfield Architects and Heneghan Peng, who were named on a star-studded 26-strong longlist for the job last summer (see bottom), have missed out on progressing to the later stages.

Nearly 500 practices from 56 different countries entered the three-stage contest organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants.


• Adam Khan Architects (UK)
• Atelier Bow-Wow (Japan)
• EAA Emre Arolat Architecture (Turkey)
• Elemental (Chile)
• junya.ishigami + associates (Japan)
• Mangado & Asociados (Spain)
• Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Italy)
• Rice+Lipka Architects (US)

The new Art Mill gallery will sit in the heart of Doha’s cultural quarter and neighbour the existing Museum of Islamic Art designed by IM Pei and Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar, which is currently under construction.

The contest called for an architect to transform the large Qatar Flour Mills site by reusing, adapting and extending its existing grain silos to create ‘one of the world’s leading art galleries’.

The scheme is expected to contain between 60,000m² and 80,000m² of gross space with galleries, education, conference and event space alongside conservation and storage areas.

‘We have expanded the shortlist from the five originally envisaged to eight’

Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, chair of Qatar Museums, said: ’The longlist was distinguished by some of the most talented architects practising today – and it is in recognition of this that we have expanded the shortlist from the five originally envisaged to eight.

She added: ’The creative challenge here can’t really be overstated. This project offers a chance to redefine museum architecture, to crystallise the very latest thinking on audience engagement, technology and environmental strategies. The museum experience in Doha is a special one. We have a young demographic, and the habit of bringing the family to the museum, enjoying the grounds and amenities at weekends, has caught on across our society.’

Malcolm Reading, of Malcolm Reading Consultants added: ’Fundamentally, the design challenge running through the project is to come up with a strategy which addresses the emblematic and civic opportunities of this exceptional site while also creating human-scaled, atmospheric spaces that inspire a deep and personal engagement with art.’

A winner is expected this autumn.


Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani; Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, president of Qatar University; Harry Gugger of Harry Gugger Studio; Akel I Kahera, dean of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar; John Leighton, director-general of National Galleries of Scotland; Jasper Morrison, designer; Hiroshi Sugimoto, photographic artist, sculptor, architect, producer and author; Chris Wise, director of engineer Expedition



The full longlist [August 2015]

  • Ábalos + Sentkiewicz
  • Adam Khan Architects
  • Aires Mateus e Associados
  • Arab Engineering Bureau
  • Atelier Bow-Wow
  • Barozzi / Veiga
  • David Chipperfield Architects
  • EAA Emre Arolat Architects
  • Eduardo Souto de Moura Architects
  • Elemental
  • Grupo Aranea
  • heneghan peng architects
  • Johnston Marklee
  • junya.ishigami + associates
  • Lacaton & Vassal
  • Mangado Architects_Mangado & Associados
  • Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
  • Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
  • Noero Architects and The Matrix… cc Urban Designers and Architects
  • OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen + l’AUC
  • Patkau Architects
  • Project Meganom
  • Renzo Piano Building Workshop
  • Rice+Lipka Architects
  • SO-IL
  • Sou Fujimoto Architects


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