Heritage Quarter Houses, Doha

The Jumaa Mosque and Heritage Quarter Houses have been designed by John McAslan + Partners as part of the Msheireb Downtown Doha redevelopment.

The regeneration project was commissioned to revive the old commercial district while preserving the historical heart of Doha. To this end, the architectural language developed is modern, yet inspired by traditional Qatari heritage and architecture.

GIA has worked alongside John McAslan + Partners to achieve the desired effects through a specifically tailored daylight and sunlight design.

The historic buildings on site are conserved with design alterations that make them work as modern-day museums. Bayt Jalmood House accommodates the Slavery Museum and retains the nature and shape of the traditional Qatari courtyard house.

The building comprises two courtyards which have different functions so the daylight design has been tailored to meet the specific needs of both.

The Orientation courtyard is a circulation space where no artwork is displayed and its roof has been designed to create sun patches that change throughout the day and the year making it an interesting, dynamic space.

Whereas, the daylight design within the Freedom courtyard has been aimed to establish a connection with the outside whilst preserving the artwork and protecting them from direct sunlight.


John McAslan + Partners