ELEMENTAL Wins Art Mill Competition

by John Hill
  
Image: Elemental/Malcolm Reading Consultants
 

Qatar Museums has announced that ELEMENTAL, the Chilean firm of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alejandro Aravena, has won the Art Mill International Design Competition for a historic waterfront site in the center of Doha.

 

The jury* selected ELEMENTAL from a shortlist of eight finalists that were announced in April 2016. Per a statement from Malcolm Reading Consultants:

 

ELEMENTAL was selected ... based on their strategies for the site and its links to the city. ELEMENTAL’s concept design for the historic waterfront site in the centre of Doha took as its inspiration the rhythmic monumental grain silos that are the industrial legacy of the original Flour Mills on the site, which have produced bread for the State since the 1980s. However, in a creative riff the team added to the strict geometry of retained silos a looser grouping of new silos that will act as cooling chimneys circulating air through the site that extends spectacularly on three sides into Doha Bay.​

 

Image: Elemental/Malcolm Reading Consultants
 

The Art Mill is planned as an integral piece in defining Doha as a global art destination, completing the city's "acclaimedsequenceofmuseumsdevotedtoart," as described by the statement. Other institutions include I.M. Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art, and Jean Nouvel’s forthcoming National Museum of Qatar.

ELEMENTAL is working with the climate engineers at Transsolar, the structural engineers at schlaich bergermann partner, and Stantec.

No construction or completion date was provided with the announcement of the competition winner.

 
Art Mill waterfront site in Doha (Photo: Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants)

 

*The jury, which was advised by competition organizer and architect Malcolm Reading of Malcolm Reading Consultants and QM technical representative Maha Hamad Al Hajri:

  • Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
  • His Excellency Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani
  • Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, President, Qatar University
  • Professor Harry Gugger, Principal, Harry Gugger Studio
  • Dr. Akel I. Kahera, Dean, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
  • Sir John Leighton, Director-General, National Galleries of Scotland
  • Jasper Morrison, Designer
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto, Photographic artist, sculptor, architect, producer, and author
  • Professor Chris Wise FREng FICE RDI, Director, Expedition