Museum of Islamic Art : By I.M. Pei

Posted on February 10, 2011

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Doha, Qatar
I.M. Pei 
Post By:Kitticoon Poopong

Photo © Courtesy of Iwan Baan

I. M. Pei pairs Islamic tradition with monumental Modernism in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha for an opulent collection of art and artifacts. 
Unlike the heads of neighboring cities along the Arabian Gulf on the architectural fast track to build office buildings and iconic cultural institutions, the Qatari Royal family, headed by the Emir, His Highness Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has been deliberate in the planning of its emirate. The capital city of Doha is a patchwork of old quarters with a traditional bazaar, or souk; neighborhoods from the 1960s; and an emerging commercial district with glittering towers. Finally, there are patches of dusty desert, the terrain that served its disappearing Bedouin culture before the country’s newfound wealth in natural gas.
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