Museum of Islamic Art – From the inside

The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar focuses primarily on Islamic art. Duh! The building, designed by I M Pei literally out of retirement, is a tribute to Islamic art.

Whenever you visit the middle east, what strikes you – if you are architecturally inclined, is the role of geometry and intricate lattice work involved. Doha, being a spanking new city, would not fail to amaze you in this aspect.

The Museum of Islamic Art is no exception. The cube, replacing the traditional dome, at the top of the building is a study in symmetry. Sun light enters through a hole and is reflected around by a cone hung from the top. This reflected light illuminates the inside of the dome in spectacular fashion. As the intensity of the light changes through the day, the geometric pattern seems like ever changing.


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