Louvre Abu Dhabi by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Abu Dhabi’s New Architectural Landmark by Ateliers Jean Nouvel With a Giant Geometric-Patterned Dome

Abu Dhabi‘s new architectural landmark by Ateliers Jean Nouvel with a giant geometric-patterned completed in 2017.

Text description provided by the architects. All climates like exceptions. Warmer when it is cold. Cooler in the tropics. People do not resist thermal shock well. Nor do works of art. Such elementary observations have influenced the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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It wishes to create a welcoming world serenely combining light and shadow, reflection and calm. It wishes to belong to a country, to its history, to its geography without becoming a flat translation, the pleonasm that results in boredom and convention. It also aims at emphasizing the fascination generated by rare encounters.

It is rather unusual to find a built archipelago in the sea. It is even more uncommon to see that it is protected by a parasol creating a rain of light.

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The possibility of accessing the museum by boat or finding a pontoon to reach it by foot from the shore is equally extraordinary, before being welcomed like a much-awaited visitor willing to see unique collections, linger in tempting bookstores, or taste local teas, coffees and delicacies.

It is both a calm and complex place. A contrast amongst a series of museums that cultivate their differences and their authenticities.

It is a project founded on a major symbol of Arab architecture: the dome. But here, with its evident shift from tradition, the dome is a modern proposal.

A double dome 180 meters in diameter, offering horizontal, perfectly radiating geometry, a randomly perforated woven material, providing shade punctuated by bursts of sun.

The dome gleams in the Abu Dhabi sunshine. At night, this protected landscape is an oasis of light under a starry dome.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi becomes the final destination of an urban promenade, a garden on the coast, a cool haven, a shelter of light during the day and evening, its aesthetic consistent with its role as a sanctuary for the most precious works of art.

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Architects : Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Location : Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Architect in Charge : Jean Nouvel

Partner Architect : Hala Warde

Area : 97000.0 m2

Project Year : 2017

Photographs : Roland Halbe, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Fatima Al Shamsi, Mohamed Somji, Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia

Via > Atelier Jean Nouvel

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