first gallery of louvre abu dhabi by jean nouvel completed
first gallery of louvre abu dhabi by jean nouvel completed
mar 18, 2014

first gallery of louvre abu dhabi by jean nouvel completed

first gallery completed at louvre abu dhabi by jean nouvel
images © TDIC, design by ateliers jean nouvel




the first gallery of the ‘louvre abu dhabi‘ has been completed one year after construction began. designed by pritzker winning architect jean nouvel and developed by the tourism and development & investment company (TDIC), work is now underway on the museum’s interior, along with the installation of the mechanical plant, water pipes, electrical wiring and security implementation. around 20% of the domed structure is in place, while the full structural steel frame will be completed later this year. the scheme is slated for completion by the end of 2015.


drawing on the passive cooling techniques of regional buildings, the 64,000 square meter project incorporates a long network of pools in addition to woven palm frond roofs. the primary canopy is perforated with carefully placed small holes allowing light to enter through eight individual filters. again referring to ancient arabian engineering, the geometric lace dome is influenced by interwoven palm trees, resulting in a distinctive play of light and shadow. the dome also creates a microclimate ensuring a comfortable internal environment for visitors and its valuable artworks.


the development, born of an agreement between the respective governments of abu dhabi and france, will chronologically display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance. the items on display will originate from societies and cultures all over the world, with universal themes and influences highlighted to illustrate the similarities that arise from shared human experience –  transcending geography, nationality and history.


for designboom’s previous coverage of the ‘louvre abu dhabi’, see here.



louvre abu dhabi construction progress
video courtesy of saadiyat island

jean nouvel louvre abu dhabi construction designboom
photos courtesy of tourism development & investment company (TDIC)

  • And because they were building the galleries underneath at the same time, among other reasons.

    j. l. chick
  • Perhaps because the additional structural allowances required to account for additional stresses of lifting – jacking outweight the advantage of ground construction

    william koerner
  • I never understand why they don’t build these domes on the ground, and then jack them up. Foster did a tilted dome in Glasgow Scotland, which they tried to build in mid-air (at the tilt) Even with lasers, I don’t think they knew where any points were supposed to meet.

    mackenzie collins

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