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Eight de­sign­ers have been short­listed to transform the former flour mill in Doha into an art gallery called the Art Mill.

Th­ese fi­nal­ists were pared down from 26 con­tenders, who were in turn se­lected from a to­tal of 489 ap­pli­ca­tions from 56 coun­tries. The fi­nal in­ter­views with the par­tic­i­pat­ing firms are planned to take place in early fall, with the win­ner to be an­nounced shortly there­after, Qatar Mu­se­ums said in a state­ment. The list in­cludes El­e­men­tal, headed by Chilean ar­chi­tect Ale­jan­dro Aravena, who was the win­ner of this year's Pritzker Prize, one of the most pres­ti­gious awards in ar­chi­tec­ture. The site, which ex­tends into the Ara­bian Sea on three sides, ad­joins the park around I.M. Pei's Mu­seum of Is­lamic Art, and is close to Jean Nou­vel's forth­com­ing Na­tional Mu­seum of Qatar. It was, un­til re­cently, oc­cu­pied by Qatar Flour Mills and is his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant as a key node within the Ara­bian Gulf port es­sen­tial for the im­port of grain.

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