The Japan-based art collective, teamLab’s 17.000 sqm experimental center, TeamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi, located on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island will be completed in 2024.
“We were interested in how the environment breathes life into Phenomena,” says group founder Toshiyuki Inoko. “And how Phenomena breathes life into the artwork. We were interested in how to broaden people’s awareness about the planet. And being in Abu Dhabi, one of the leading cities of the future in the world, we can further expand the human perception of the future. I’m really honored to be able to take on such a challenge.”
TeamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi is planning to build the waterfront of the island in collaboration with Abu Dhabi-based studio MZ Architects. The building will be located alongside the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi by Mecanoo and near Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi, Foster+Partners’ Zayed National Museum, and Abrahamic Family House by David Adjaye.
“We were interested in how to broaden people’s awareness about the planet. And being in Abu Dhabi, one of the leading “cities of the future” in the world, we can further expand the human perception of the future.” said Toshiyuki Inoko, teamLab’s founder.
“Phenomena – it’s such a philosophical place that we would hope for you to become this critical intellectual thinker,” says DCT Abu Dhabi’s Chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak. “So, the concepts of discovery and imagination and curiosity that – to us – are the building blocks of a flourishing human being… that is what the Phenomena is all about. It pushes you to take in, all of everything, that you’ve seen…..and to truly celebrate your imagination, your curiosity, and then discover the world that’s ahead of you.”