40,000 unique wooden pieces slot together to create the gift shops in the National Museum of Qatar, with lighting used to enhance the cave-like spaces.
Designed by Koichi Takada Architects
Inspiration for architect Koichi Takada's design of the gift shops in Jean Nouvel's National Museum of Qatar came from Dahl Al Misfir (Cave of Light) in Qatar.
The resulting fluid wood surfaces, made from 40,000 unique wooden pieces, echo those natural subterranean spaces.
Each piece was CNC-cut in Italy and hand assembled in Doha by Utalian master carpenter, Claudio Devoto and his team of artisans.
In a short film from ERCO, Koichi Takada describes his design and how the lighting helps to reinforce the design intent.