OLD PALACE, DOHA, Qatar

As part of oft the New National Museum of Qatar designed by Atelier Jean Nouvel, the historical Old Amiri Palace of Doha is going to be restored as a general exhibit (heart piece) of the new museum itself. The palace will represent the traditional building methods and original surfaces and waiver any air-conditioning technology to revive the authentic atmosphere of old Doha architectures.

The palace-complex combines 11 buildings, which represents a variety of different materials and building phases. The combination of incompatibility materials during an earlier restoration phase in the 70th have caused hard damages on the historic fabric and makes a new restoration necessary. All measures will be planed and executed in a close integrated working team of experts and in accordance to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention guidelines.

During the last months a first phase of emergency conservation works took place to re-stabilise the historic foundations of the main building and to secure it against further damages caused by heavy construction works on the New National Museum next to the Palace. Since the beginning of January the main restoration works have been started with dismantling of damaged concrete elements from the 1970’s phase and the repointing measures to stabilise the historic masonry.

Client
Qatar Museums Authority

Construction period
07/2012–12/2013

Architect
Roswag Architekten

Structural Engineer
Ziegert I Seiler Ingenieure

Materialspezialist
BAM – Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung

Wood Treatment
Bertram Jechorek

Restoration Consultancy
Prof. Dr. -Ing. Johannes Cramer, Technische Universität Berlin

Restoration
Karen Keller, Kristina Brakebusch


Publication

UNESCO World Heritage Centre: The Old Palac of Doha – Conservation and rehabilitation,
published in: World Heritage, Edition 06/2014, No. 72, P. 66–71

Walker L.: Sheikh Abdullah’s palace at heart of National Museum of Qatar restored, published on: dohanews.co

Photos
Paula Holtz, Ziegert | Roswag | Seiler Architekten Ingenieure