Museum of Islamic Art Park

Design: 2009-2010
Construction: 2010-2012
Lead Consultant: Pei Partnership Architects
Design Consultant/Project Designer: Hiroshi Okamoto

The Museum of Islamic Art Park is a redevelopment project of the 24-hectare area surrounding I. M. Pei's Museum of Islamic Art. Anchored by a 24 m sculpture by Richard Serra, the park's 5-hectare peninsula is dedicated to restaurants, kiosks and amenities. The black granite pier designed for the sculpture, a monolithic chamfered parallelogram, cantilevers 76 m over the water, creating an innate tension between the verticality of the sculpture and the horizontality of the pier. Inaugurated in December 2011, the development opening commemorated Doha as the 2011 Cultural Capital of the Middle East.