The design and renovation of the building were entrusted to Qatari architect Ibrahim Al Jaidah who was commissioned to redesign the interior of the building to cater specifically to the needs of artists. Qatar Museums was keen to preserve the original façade and many of its key features, thereby keeping much of the original integrity of the building intact.
Our building was repurposed in 2014 to host Fire Station: Artist in Residence and includes extensive studios and workspaces, a woodshop, and a fabrication lab, alongside the Fire Station Cinema, Café 999, Cass Art (art supply shop), and gallery spaces housing local and international art exhibitions.
“ Working on the Fire Station adaptive reuse project was very exciting for two reasons: first, as an art enthusiast, I saw this project as a testament to the booming art scene in Qatar and second, as a practising architect, I perceived this project as a first formal acknowledgement of the importance to preserve early-modern architecture in Qatar. “
'Adaptive Reuse' Space
As this was one of the first 'adaptive reuse' spaces in Qatar, Al Jaidah's goal was to preserve the building's original identity; hence the annex building is designed in a minimalistic, industrial manner so that it does not visually compete with the original building. Some of the original interior elements of the building were kept, such as the firefighters' pole.
As part of Qatar Museums' sustainability initiatives, the Fire Station building was awarded the 'LEED v4.1 EB: O+M Silver Certification' under the 'LEED v4.1 Existing Building: Operations & Management (EB: O+M)' rating system in 2020.
Also, in 2020, Fire Station successfully achieved 'GSAS OPERATIONS – Silver Certification' under the Gulf Organization for Research and Development green building rating system developed focusing on the efficient Operations & Maintenance (O&M) of existing facilities.
The Fire Station is the first LEED v4.1 EB: O+M certified project in the entire State of Qatar and the fifth in the Middle East region, and it is the first museum project to achieve GSAS Operations certification.