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3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum was designed by Joan Sibina

Joan Sibina creates cylindrical sports museum encircled by Olympic rings

Spanish architect Joan Sibina has designed the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum in Doha, Qatar, which features a cylindrical glass building within five intertwined Olympic rings.

The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum is located in Doha and adjoins the Khalifa International Stadium, one of the eight stadiums that will be used for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum pictured lit up at night
The museum was built onto the side of the Khalifa International Stadium

The museum measures 19,000 square metres and is comprised of two volumes: a curved building that subtly hugs the Dar Al-Handasah-designed stadium, and a cylindrical, ring-wrapped volume that protrudes from the side of the stadium.

Sibina covered the cylindrical structure in rectangular glass panels that reflect the stadium's surroundings.

3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum was constructed using glass
Five horizontal rings surround the tubular structure

The glazed tubular structure is encircled by five Olympic-coloured rings that wrap around the museum at different heights and angles – a nod to the interlocked rings of the Olympic logo.

Jali-like screens, traditionally used in Islamic cultures to provide privacy, were placed horizontally between the rings and the glazed facade, providing a decorative element that ties the building to the history of Qatar and its culture.

The second volume takes a more subtle approach and employs design cues from the 46-year old Khalifa International Stadium.

This volume, adorned in rows of diamond-shaped panelling, follows the curvature of the tallest sides of the stadium and snugly sits between the stadium and the structure wrapped in Olympic rings.

Interior image of the exhibiton spaces at 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum
The museum features seven gallery spaces

The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, which is now open to the public, houses seven exhibition spaces as well as a cafe, a restaurant and a gift shop.

Each of its seven exhibition spaces focuses on a different theme, including sections on "A Global History of Sport", "The Hall of Athletes" and "Qatar Sports".

"This is the very first museum in the Middle East dedicated to achievement in sports, to exploring the profound role of sports in society and in our personal lives, and is the only Arab institution to join the international Olympic Museums Network," said chairperson of Qatar Museums Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Interior image of a exhibiton
The museum is comprised of two volumes

The museum forms part of Qatar Museum's growing number of cultural destinations across Doha.

The city recently announced its plans to build three museums designed by OMA's Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron's Jacques Herzon and Elemental's Alejandro Aravena.

Opposite the Khalifa International Stadium, architect Ibrahim M Jaidah designed a building in the numerical shape of the year 2022 to mark the country hosting the FIFA World Cup.