Cultural Forum

Doha, Qatar. 2020

The architecture of the Cultural Forum, Doha, combines Qatari urban and domestic precedents with Modernist design to create a welcoming and open place – functionally, creatively and urbanistically. When complete, this dynamic arts hub will bring together Qatari and international artists, performers, and the public in a dramatic range of cultural spaces. The building’s interior suggests a contemporary version of a traditional majilis tower. Its key feature is a processional staircase rising in an atrium capped with a vast skylight, which casts geometric shadows into the heart of the building. The Cultural Forum bookends the Msheireb’s showpiece Al Bahara Square, with the John McAslan + Partners-designed Mandarin Oriental Hotel at its other end.

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‘John McAslan + Partners has responded well to Msheireb Properties’ vision to significantly enhance and rejuvenate Doha’s Downtown, integrating sustainable principles with Qatari culture and  identity to create buildings that are rooted in tradition, yet confidently contemporary.’

John Rose, former Development Director, Msheireb Properties

John McAslan + Partners. Cultural Forum. Interior.