Yueqi Jazzy Li showcased some of his recent photos on the monumental that is The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha; eight years after the building completed in Doha. Jazzy Li , who is New York-based photographer, captures the unique features and the beauty of near decade old façade. From it delicately balanced glass atrium which allow nature light to flood the entrance to the external façade of the five-storey structure.
A circular perforated metal chandelier is suspended above two staircases, which are parted to lead up to the galleries, while the floor features a decorative black and brown pattern.A circular perforated metal chandelier is suspended above two staircases, which are parted to lead up to the galleries, while the floor features a decorative black and brown pattern.
The museum was built on an artificial island, on the Arabian Gulf just off the Doha Corniche – a waterfront promenade, along the bay that borders Qatar’s capital city of Doha. Staggered backwards to rise around a five-storey tower, the blocks house galleries of Islamic artwork arranged around a grand central atrium. On the north side, a glass curtain wall offers panoramic views of the Gulf and West Bay area of Doha from all five floors of gallery space.
The museum designer, Ieoh Ming Pei an American of Chinese disant founded his own architectural practise– IM Pei & Associates, 1955 studying architecture in MIT.
Close to his 100th birthday and retired from full-time practice in 1990, Pi has an impressive portfolio ranging from the Louvre in France,National Gallery of Art East Building in Washington DC, to the Bank of China in his native Hong Kong.
He has received several prestigious awards, including the Pritzker Prize in 1983 and the Royal Gold Medal in 2010.
“The exterior geometric form, cladded in French limestone, is mesmerising to observe as the desert sun and night lights activate a constant shadow play,” Jazzy Li said,
and “The interior geometry is then conceived, executed, and maintained in such purity, rigour, and precision that make wandering through the space a pleasure itself appearing to be symmetrical in plan, one can see the astonishingly perfect alignments of centre lines of stairs, doorways, chandeliers, all the way down to the coffered ceilings and even glass railing open joints,”