QATAR NATIONAL ARCHIVE
The National Archive is both a storehouse of Qatar’s heritage and a place of public access and gathering. Both symbolically and functionally, it holds the nation’s memory. Its central form reflects the Qatari archetype of the fortified tower.
Located at the northeast corner of the site, the Archive forms a prominent landmark, looking towards Doha Bay, the Eid Prayer Ground and Souk Waqif. Its form is fragmented to respond to its historical context and the diverse character of the surrounding cityscape.
The central block, containing the archive stack, is held between the public wing to the north, which contains the main entrance and reading rooms, and the office/conservation wing to the south. The central block is lifted to create a grand portico; a central point of arrival and orientation. The building wraps around the historic Abduallah bin Jassim House which forms the cafe and shop for the Archive. In this way new and old are embedded together and the intricate network of ‘sikkas’ and ‘barahas’ of the Heritage Quarter and integrated with the urban framework of the Msheireb masterplan.
David Amarasekera, Bez Eun Zung Baik, Helen Logan
Burns and McDonnell