Qatar Museums successfully restores the Old Palace of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim
Qatar Museums has announced that the historic palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani, the father of modern Qatar, has been successful restored to its former glory.
The Old Palace, which has taken a total of three years to restore, will sit at the centre of the new National Museum of Qatar, designed by Atelier Jean Nouvel.
One of Doha’s most recognisable landmarks, the building serves as a monument to an historic way of life in Qatar. Originally built during the early 20th century by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim bin Mohamed Al-Thani, the Palace has served as both a family residence and the seat of government. In 1975, the former National Museum of Qatar also opened its doors in the restored palace, featuring a number of artefacts and exhibits celebrating the country’s history, heritage, culture and environment. In 1980 the building won the Agha Khan award for restoration and rehabilitation of Islamic architecture.
Numerous architectural features have been incorporated into the original design since the 1970s and provide important insights and lessons into the development of Qatari craftsmanship. Several additional elements have been added during this time to improve the structural integrity of the building overall.
To fulfil this ambitious brief, Qatar Museums engaged Ziegert | Roswag | Seiler Architekten Ingenieure, a specialist practice that focuses on the development of sustainable building solutions using natural building materials. All work was closely supervised and managed by specialists on-site and conducted in close collaboration with Qatar Museums throughout.