The Qatar National Museum (NMoQ) has started construction of the open-air “Qatar TotalEnergies Playground”. The project, first announced in 2019, is sponsored by TotalEnergies and is designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL).
The “Qatar TotalEnergies Playground” will offer a unique experience for families to explore and discover the history of energy in Qatar through a meaningful game.
The maze-like architecture of the playground draws inspiration from energy at the molecular level and inspires children to play the role of extracting, producing, distributing and using energy history and future through an engaging series of ‘choose your own adventure’ scenarios.
Each scenario interprets a variety of stories, including the natural formation of fossil fuels, harnessing renewable energies, reducing carbon emissions, and the myriad of end products used in society.
The construction will be carried out by the Oversight Committee for the Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar (Ashghal) and is expected to be unveiled by the end of September 2022.
To mark this important milestone, HE Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, President of Qatar Museums; Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of TotalEnergies; Ahmad Musa al-Namla, Director General, Qatar Museums; Matthieu Bouyer, Managing Director TotalEnergies EP Qatar and TotalEnergies Country Chair in Qatar; and Saad bin Ahmad al-Muhannadi, president of Ashghal among other prominent dignitaries, attended a ceremony at the site of the playground.
The commemoration also saw the unveiling of the TotalEnergies plaque at Gallery 10 of the NMoQ, as well as the foundation stone ceremony, to symbolize the playground.
HE Sheikha al-Mayassa said: “Qatar museums play an essential role in promoting creativity and cultural knowledge. The Qatar TotalEnergies Playground at the Qatar National Museum will provide a fully immersive and educational experience during which visitors of all ages can learn about the discovery of oil in Qatar and how it has shaped today’s society.
“We express our gratitude to TotalEnergies for its continued generosity in supporting our educational outreach programs designed to engage the wider community and visitors to Qatar on topics exploring Qatar’s rich heritage. “
“This playground will foster a necessary and crucial conversation about energy across all generations – to understand our energy’s past and especially its future. More than just a playground, this experience will allow children to discover Qatar’s efforts in sustainable development and better understand areas such as solar, LNG, electricity, carbon capture, recycling plastic, ”said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of TotalEnergies. during the event.
“At TotalEnergies, we have initiated a transformation from oil and gas towards a broader energy mix including other energy sources including renewables. Qatar – TotalEnergies Playground addresses energies that are consistent with our strategy and we look forward to engaging with everyone on this exciting topic. “
“We are delighted with our partnership with Qatar Museums, and I would like to thank Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani for making this possible. Qatar – TotalEnergies Playground is a good illustration of our actions in Qatar in favor of education and culture. It will help develop the understanding by younger generations of Qatar’s energy landscape aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030, ”said Matthieu Bouyer, Managing Director of TotalEnergies EP Qatar and President of TotalEnergies in Qatar.
Starting with water games, the story begins with the historic creation of the earth’s oil and gas fields through geological and biological processes that are revealed on a play space modeled on the structure of hydrocarbon molecules organic. Children move through a series of play ‘pods’ each representing stages in the process that transforms crude oil and gas extracted from the earth into many products used in our daily lives all over the world, including tracks towards future renewable energies.
Routes through the play space vary as each child can choose from a range of options to follow, providing a new experience, resulting in a different end product of the energy journey. Each passage in the process illustrates the many uses of oil, gas and renewables in society today.
Sara Mohammed Kafood, Vice-Chair of Qatar Roads and Public Places Beautification Oversight Committee, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Qatar Museums and manage such an important and unique project, especially since one of the main objectives of the committee is to create a sustainable outdoor environment that is activated by people. This can be achieved by creating destinations that help encourage all family members to adopt a healthy lifestyle and choose enjoyable destinations outside of closed spaces.
She added: “We also believe in the importance of implementing innovative projects that contribute to the development of skills of the future generation as creativity emerges through exploration, curiosity and the pursuit of its own interests among people. children. The committee implements projects that serve all segments of society, including interactive playgrounds for children, which develop their skills such as problem solving and communication with others involved in their play activities. . “
Abdulmohsin Hasan al-Rashid, Director of Construction Projects Department – Project Affairs at Ashghal, said: “The project includes several challenges, including air conditioning of the outdoor modules and timely completion during the construction phase. In this regard, however, I am confident that Ashghal will overcome these challenges, as a tender has already been issued and a contractor has been hired.
Al-Rashid added, “The project mainly includes 15 interactive game modules, all of which components are to be manufactured and supplied locally, which reflects one of our goals which emphasizes the importance of establishing and developing a market. sustainable local. A model has been produced and we are currently validating the detailed design, as well as the selection of materials suitable for the Qatari environment ”.
Playground features will also include dry mist fans arranged to provide more comfortable microclimates in pods and gardens, and a playground interpreting land and ocean energy pathways. A series of creeping tunnels in the form of oversized “pipes” allowing children to move through space will illustrate how the refined components of oil and gas are processed to become a product line important to the history of Qatar. There will also be a tower play structure representing the refinery of the oil, gas and energy history component and the development of an everyday product line, a series of walking / climbing / ramp / slide and responsive interactives, accessible to all ages, which can be played solo or in teams.
The narrative of energy industries, such as petroleum, is an ongoing theme explored in the galleries of the NMoQ, which highlights topics such as the discovery of oil, oil negotiations and matches, the rapid modernization from which the country has been witness because of the oil industry and the impact it has had on socio-cultural development.