Sprawled across Doha’s Corniche, the newly-launched National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) has opened doors for public to celebrate the nation’s past, present and future. Based on Jean Nouvel’s ambitious design, the project resembles a desert rose – rosette formation of crystals found in hot arid climates. True to its design inspiration, the museum’s exterior takes its form from several disc-like structures interlocked together.
Since its opening in March 2019, NMoQ has made headlines in national and international media. The project has been endorsed by Time Magazine among 2019’s 100 greatest places to visit, and yet we know so little about its sustainability credentials. Did you know that 50% of the NMoQ’s building materials have been derived from recycled sources? Or that 98% of the waste generated during the museum’s construction had been diverted from landfills? The project has also received 4 Star rating as per Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) – MENA’s first performance-based green certification system developed by Qatar-based Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD). And this is just the tip of the iceberg, as NMoQ boasts many more green features right from planning and design through to construction management and building operations.
Here are some key sustainability credentials achieved by the National Museum of Qatar:
The lagoon created outside the National Museum of Qatar stores stormwater, which can be repurposed for secondary use.
Plants grown for NMoQ’s landscaping match the regional dry climate. Hence, they require minimal hydration and result in water conservation.
The interlocking discs of the National Museum of Qatar provide shading, which substantially reduces indoor cooling needs. Additionally, the light colors of its façade mimic the natural sandy landscape, thereby reducing the urban heat island effect.
Indoor environment of the National Museum of Qatar features materials low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) concentration. To keep the indoor air free from contaminants in operational phase, the facility is also equipped with efficient filtration system.
With green projects such as NMoQ and FIFA 2022 World Cup stadiums, Qatar is fast emerging as a hub of sustainable built environment. Reinforcing its unyielding stance on sustainability, the country is set to host Qatar Sustainability Summit on October 27 and 28 at the St. Regis Doha, Qatar. As a co-organizer of the summit, GORD will convene businesses leaders, practitioners, scholars, researchers, policy makers and green advocates to share insights, best practices and knowledge on latest developments and key challenges in deploying sustainable solutions.