Set to resemble a desert rose – the mineral formation of crystalised sand which forms beneath layers of sand – the National Museum of Qatar by Atelier Jean Nouvel is one of the GCC most eye-catching designs.
Built around the existing heritage Fariq Al Salatah Place at the south end of Doha’s Corniche the structure will include entire walls which can be transformed into cinematic displays.
It takes the form of low-lying interlocking pavilions which encircle a large courtyard area all enclosed by a landscaped park which interprets the Qatari desert landscape.
Working alongside the architects, sanitary product manufacturer Geberit has been responsible for some of the less glamorous but equally important aspects of the design.Among the sanitation and drainage solutions employed in the project are its shower channels, urinals and piping.
Jack van den Berg is a senior technical consultant for the company working on the museum. He said: “Geberit is proud to be associated with such a striking and almost mesmeric project like the Qatar National Museum. “We overcame a few challenges in regards to the clients’ product selection for this prestigious project however, as I am Doha based, I was able to offer comprehensive support by working closely with interior designers, architects and MEP contractors, promoting the superior quality and value of the Geberit products, the ease of installation and maintenance.”
A key feature in ensuring the museum’s ambiance is the Geberit Silent-db20 drainage system and sound installation.
Mineral filled plastic increases the weight of the pipes and fittings and reduces natural vibrations while additional sound insulation ribs in impact zones reduce noise development. As well, brackets and wall fastenings decouple the system acoustically from walls or ceilings to prevent sound transmission.
The branches in the typical discharge stack dimensions are hydraulically optimised, enabling a higher load on the equipment so permitting the use of a smaller discharge stack dimension. Pipes and fittings were available to designers in dimensions 56 – 160 mm.
Restroom facilities are also part of Geberit’s contribution. Its Sigma 20 water saving dual flush actuator technology works invisibly behind a wall with only the features that actually give functional and aesthetic value to the room being visible. A stainless steel option was selected for the New Qatar National Museum.
The company’s Sigma10 Infrared Urinal actuator is also part of the comfort facilities for staff and visitors. Its touchless urinal flush controls offer the user better hygiene in public spaces and ensure that they always encounters a cleanly flushed urinal.
In numbers – 2016 Opening date – 131,000m2 building area – 365,760m2 surrounding park – 220 seat auditorium – 2 restaurants