Mathaf, which means "museum", is situated in a renovated former school building. The exhibitions and programmes are housed in a 5,500 m2 facility that includes galleries on two floors, café, museum shop, a research library and an education wing. Visitors enter through a terrace that features a shaded outdoor seating area which is part of the café. From the terrace, visitors pass through a screen-wrapped scaffolding-style facade, upon which imagery and videos can be projected at night. Inside the flexible space, an informal and contemporary aesthetic is found. Like the collection that it houses, this temporary home expresses a balance between the old and the new, as well as reflecting Mathaf’s commitment to education.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture