THE FIRE STATION ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

ARAB ENGINEERING BUREAU

Photos courtesy of AEB

THE FIRE STATION ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

ARAB ENGINEERING BUREAUarchmarathonARAB ENGINEERING BUREAU
ibn Seena street, Al Muntazah, Doha, Qatar
www.aeb-qatar.com
Category:
Arts & Culture
Project selected:
THE FIRE STATION ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Location:
Doha, Qatar
Year:
2012

As part of an initiative to preserve important historic buildings in Qatar, the former Civil Defense Building has been renovated and converted into 24 artists’ studios and art gallery to accommodate the Qatar Museums Artists in Residence Program.
The building’s original and well known bronze honeycomb façade has been substantially retained and restored to its original condition. The building’s interiors, while maintaining the main structural elements, have had much of the internal walls removed and new studios created with twice the glass areas as before. The former fire engine garage houses a new art gallery of 700m2.
The existing building is extended with a new “u-shaped” annex containing facilities for artists and the public. Workshops, a foundry and a small cinema will operate alongside a restaurant, art supplies shop, bookshop and a café. The Plaza enveloped by old and new buildings will be used for a large-scale sculpture exhibitions. Renovated areas and the new Annex building materials are stripped back to the minimum layers, with the structural concrete elements being left unfinished.
The former fireman’s tower is to be clad in a stainless mesh and LED lighting modules which will be available for artists to program art works and moving graphics. The tower is visible from the area of the future Grand Park and can be seen from as far away as the Museum of Islamic Art Park.

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