Jean Nouvel. Louvre Abu Dhabi


- This micro-city requires a micro-climate that would give the visitor a feeling of entering a different world. The building is covered with a large dome, a form common to all civilisations.
This one is made of a web of different patterns interlaced into a translucent ceiling which lets a diffuse, magical light come through in the best tradition of great Arabian architecture.
Water is given a crucial role, both in reflecting every part of the building and acting as a psyche, and in creating, with a little help from the wind, a comfortable micro- climate that will give visitors a feeling of entering a different world.” J.Nouvel
- “Abu Dhabi’s ultimate goal in creating the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and indeed the entire Saadiyat Island Cultural District, is to build a platform for deeper and more meaningful exchange among people from our own region and from all parts of the globe,”. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.
- a 24,000 sq m complex of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals 'evoking the image of a city floating on the sea'. Hovering over the complex will be a form inspired by traditional Arabic architecture: a vast, shallow, perforated dome—some 180 metres in diameter.
- It will feature artworks loaned from several top French museums, including the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, le Centre Pompidou, the Musée de Quai Branly and the Musée Guimet.

click : Saadiyat Island official site

click : "Construction under way on Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi" on 5/26/09

click: "Starchitects Join Abu Dhabi’s Big Cultural Gambit" by Robert Such on Archrecord

click : Nouvel's official site


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