ART MILL ARCHITECTS SHORTLISTED
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.