Qatar launches “Art Mill” architect competition

An international competition has been launched to find an architect to convert a massive flour mill on the Doha shoreline into a museum.

Qatar yesterday (Monday) announced plans to convert the vast former mill and its grain silos into spaces for art and artifacts from the country’s growing number of museums.

The waterfront site is across Doha Bay from the I.M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art and close to Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar, which is currently under construction.

The “Art Mill” project is being organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants, and the winner is due to be announced in spring 2016 with work set to start the following year

According to the competition brief the Art Mill will measure up to 80,000m2 and will be comprised of a gallery and exhibition space. The project also includes a conservation centre and museum storage “to match the diversity of the collection” as well as education, conference and event spaces.

Entries are due by June 26, 2015 at 14:00BST.