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World's Coolest Futuristic Buildings: The National Museum of Qatar

Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel & Artefactory

The National Museum of Qatar, Doha

Qataris have high hopes for their tiny nation-state’s future as a cultural destination, with the National Museum of Qatar as its crown jewel. The original museum opened in 1975 in a restored palace built by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani; French architect Jean Nouvel is giving it a makeover inspired by the surrounding desert rose (crystallized sand that forms just below the desert surface). The series of buildings will consist of intersecting discs resembling petals, all clad with glass fiber-reinforced concrete panels, an effect both starkly geometric and lyrical.

Launch Date: 2014

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