UNStudio unveils design for blocky youngsters's museum in Qatar

Dutch structure workplace UNStudio has revealed its design for the Dadu, Kids’s Museum of Qatar at an exhibition of upcoming museums in Qatar through the Venice Structure Biennale.

Set alongside the massive Al Bidda Park in northern Doha, the museum is considered one of a bunch of museums presently underneath improvement within the nation by architects together with Chilean apply Elemental, Dutch studio OMA and Swiss agency Herzog & de Meuron, which had been introduced on the Constructing a Artistic Nation exhibition on the Venice Structure Biennale.

Named Dadu, which implies play in Arabic, the museum can be aimed toward youngsters aged as much as 11.

UNStudio is designing the Dadu, Kids’s Museum of Qatar

To accommodate the museum, UNStudio designed a constructing shaped from a collection of interconnected blocky kinds organized in a circle round a coated lobby.

This association was knowledgeable by the format of historic villages within the Doha space and was designed to develop into a protected central gathering house.

“The thought got here collectively across the thought for the constructing blocks of studying,” UNstudio co-founder Ben van Berkel advised Dezeen.

Children's museum in Doha
The museum is organized round a central gathering house

“The museum is organised across the precept of how previous villages in Doha develop,” Van Berkel continued. “There was a central patio the place households would reside round and youngsters might play within the center and really feel protected as a result of the dad and mom are close to.”

“Perhaps they might not at all times see the youngsters, however they might hear them, and this concept was launched into the central gathering house the place children play can on their very own.”

Top-lit foyer in museum
All of the galleries can be accessed from the central house

Organized round this central, top-lit house can be a collection of thematic galleries positioned throughout the blocky kinds together with a restaurant, cafe and exercise rooms.

Every of the galleries will function interactive exhibitions devoted to themes like science, sustainability and the historical past of Doha.

“Quite a lot of stimulating, interactive and accessible indoor and out of doors experiences will provide households alternatives to play and study collectively,” mentioned Dadu, Kids’s Museum of Qatar director Essa Al Mannai.

“Our mission to nurture youngsters’s creativity, creativeness, and love of studying is simply too necessary to attend till we open our doorways. We really feel we’re wanted right now to help households, and to attach folks and concepts regardless of being bodily aside.”

Foyer of Dadu, Children's Museum of Qatar in Doha
The lobby was designed as a protected house for play

The museum can be considered one of a rising quantity lately in-built Qatar, a lot of which had been accomplished forward of final 12 months’s World Cup. Forward of the occasion we rounded up 10 cultural buildings lately accomplished in and round in Doha.

Constructing a Artistic Nation takes place at Palazzo Franchetti through the Venice Structure Biennale, which takes place from 20 Might to 26 November 2023. See Dezeen Occasions Information for all the most recent info you have to know to attend the occasion, in addition to a listing of different structure and design occasions happening all over the world.