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Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi Announces November Grand Opening

12:20 - 8 September, 2017
Louvre Abu Dhabi Announces November Grand Opening, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s plaza. Image © Mohamed Somji
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s plaza. Image © Mohamed Somji

The Ateliers Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi is ready to make its grand first appearance, as the museum announced it will open to the public on November 11th.

Opening celebrations will take advantage of the unique structure, with a series of concerts, performances and events planned for a variety of spaces beneath the building’s 180-meter geometric dome. Comprised of nearly 8,000 arabic motif stars, the steel pattern will filter sunlight into a dramatic ‘rain of light’ on the museum’s walls and floors that calls to mind shadows created by overlapping palm trees.

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exterior. Image © Mohamed Somji Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exterior with Abu Dhabi’s skyline (night). Image © Mohamed Somji Louvre Abu Dhabi’s ‘rain of light’. Image © Mohamed Somji View overlooking the sea. Image © Mohamed Somji + 5

A Sneak Peek into Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi as It Prepares for Fall Opening

17:01 - 25 August, 2017
A Sneak Peek into Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi as It Prepares for Fall Opening, via Twitter user Ludovic Pouille
via Twitter user Ludovic Pouille

The long-awaited Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, is getting ready for a grand opening, with images showing the metal-domed building in the final stages of construction. Officially started in 2009, work on the museum is nearly complete, with a rumored opening date scheduled for this November.

Wahat al Karama / bureau^proberts + Urban Art Projects

22:00 - 18 July, 2017
Wahat al Karama  / bureau^proberts + Urban Art Projects, © Jonathan Gainer
© Jonathan Gainer

© Jonathan Gainer © Jonathan Gainer © Jonathan Gainer © Jonathan Gainer + 37

Wire Mesh Installation Features Architectural Fragments Constructed At 1:1

10:30 - 18 May, 2017
Wire Mesh Installation Features Architectural Fragments Constructed At 1:1, © Roberto Conte
© Roberto Conte

Commissioned for a large-scale event in the Emirate of Abu DhabiEdoardo Tresoldi in collaboration with Design Lab Experience have constructed a vast indoor "piazza" of architectural fragments. Accommodating a 7000sqm event space, each "Classical" element is built entirely from wire mesh and comprises domes, arches, colonnades, columns, and imitations of sacred spaces (namely Italian basilicas). Together they create a translucent and ephemeral sequence of indoor rooms – all layered by a strikingly contemporary aesthetic.

5 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From Above

08:00 - 31 March, 2017
5 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From Above, Galaxy SOHO, Beijing, China. Image © Deimos Imaging
Galaxy SOHO, Beijing, China. Image © Deimos Imaging

This week marks the first anniversary of the death of Zaha Hadid, the most successful and influential female architect in the architectural discipline. Born in Baghdad (Iraq) in 1950, Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize in 2004, and twelve years later received the gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Hadid's untimely death left a fascinating and inspiring legacy. Meanwhile her firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, continues to work on nearly a hundred projects worldwide. To remember her legacy, Spanish company Deimos Imaging has shared a series of photographs focusing on Hadid's work in five countries.

The images were captured by the Deimos-2 satellite, which was launched in 2014 and designed for very high-resolution Earth observation applications, providing multispectral images of just 75 centimeters per pixel. Hadid's incredible works take on a new dimension when you contemplate their proportions from the sky—or rather, from a satellite.

Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion. Image © Deimos Imaging Sheikh Zayed Bridge. Image © Deimos Imaging Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Deimos Imaging Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Image © Deimos Imaging + 26

Al Hilal Bank Office Tower / Goettsch Partners

22:00 - 3 January, 2017
Al Hilal Bank Office Tower / Goettsch Partners, © Lester Ali
© Lester Ali

© Lester Ali © Tom Rossiter  © Lester Ali © Tom Rossiter  + 16

BIG and Hyperloop One Unveil Designs for Unprecedented Autonomous Transportation System

05:45 - 8 November, 2016

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Hyperloop One have unveiled joint designs for an autonomous transportation system and the world’s first Hyperloop pods and portals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The designs are being presented as Hyperloop One signs a deal with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), bringing the project one step closer to reality.

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG + 22

Benoy Releases Plans for Large Sustainable Community Park in Abu Dhabi

16:00 - 11 September, 2016
Benoy Releases Plans for Large Sustainable Community Park in Abu Dhabi , Courtesy of Benoy
Courtesy of Benoy

Benoy’s UAE studios best known for their work in the MENA region have released the plans for Abu Dhabi’s upcoming Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Park. In a redefinition of the former Khalidya Ladies Park, the renovation—as a portion of the AED94 million renovation—was commissioned by The Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport at Abu Dhabi City Municipality to “fuel discovery and support the core tenets of the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.” 

The open-air project centers on the concepts of sustainability, economic diversification and growth, improved social and community facilities, the promotion of Arab and Emirati culture, and a focus on contemporary living.

In Progress: Louvre Abu Dhabi / Jean Nouvel

03:00 - 12 August, 2016
In Progress: Louvre Abu Dhabi / Jean Nouvel, © TDIC
© TDIC

© TDIC © TDIC © TDIC © TDIC + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Client

    TDIC
  • Project Year

    2016

Watch the Louvre Abu Dhabi Perimeter Flood

16:00 - 17 June, 2016

Update 9/20/16: The opening date for the museum has been pushed back to 2017.

Earlier this week, the temporary sea wall that had been separating the Louvre Abu Dhabi from the seawater of the Persian Gulf was removed, creating a new harmony between site and structure as envisioned in the original project renderings. The building, which was conceived in 2007 and designed by Jean Nouvel, is set to open later this year.

The Sheikh Zayed Academy / Rosan Bosch Studio

21:00 - 11 May, 2016
The Sheikh Zayed Academy / Rosan Bosch Studio , © Kim Wendt
© Kim Wendt

© Kim Wendt © Kim Wendt © Kim Wendt © Kim Wendt + 42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Creative Director

    Rosan Bosch
  • Area

    29000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

AL_A Wins Competition to Design Abu Dhabi Mosque

14:00 - 2 March, 2016
AL_A Wins Competition to Design Abu Dhabi Mosque, Prayer Hall. Image © AL_A
Prayer Hall. Image © AL_A

AL_A has won a competition to design a new mosque within the Foster + Partner-designed World Trade Center complex in Abu Dhabi. The 2000-square-meter project, envisioned as a "pathway to serenity" rather than a single building, leads visitors on a journey through an informal park of palm trees that slowly align with the mosque's shifted grid as users approach the Prayer Hall. Once inside, visitors are facing towards Mecca. 

"The mosque is envisaged as a piece of the city, one that reflects the journey from the temporal to the spiritual," said AL_A director Ho-Yin Ng. "The mosque and the garden become one, with the trees and the columns forming an informal vertical landscape and allowing Friday prayers to spill outside."

Translucent Concrete Animates the Facade of this Abu Dhabi Mosque

14:00 - 14 October, 2015
Translucent Concrete Animates the Facade of this Abu Dhabi Mosque, © LUCEM
© LUCEM

By day, the concrete facade of APG Architecture and Planning Group's latest project, the Al Aziz Mosque in Abu Dhabi, features protruding elements of Arabic script spelling out the 99 names of God from the Quran. By night though, the 515 square meter facade is transformed, as the concrete script lights up in the darkness. The effect is made possible thanks to the translucent concrete paneling system provided by German-based manufacturer LUCEM.

© LUCEM © LUCEM © LUCEM © LUCEM + 14

FLASH Entertainment New Offices / M+N Architecture

21:00 - 24 September, 2015
FLASH Entertainment New Offices / M+N Architecture, © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography
© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography

© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography + 26

Viola Communications Office / M+N Architecture

23:00 - 14 April, 2015
Viola Communications Office / M+N Architecture, © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography
© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography

© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography + 36

Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism

04:00 - 27 February, 2015
Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism, Via Archive of Affinities. Image © Nils-Ole Lund
Via Archive of Affinities. Image © Nils-Ole Lund

Being such a recent movement in the international architectural discourse, the reach and significance of post-modernism can sometimes go unnoticed. In this selection, chosen by Adam Nathaniel Furman, the "incredibly rich, extensive and complex ecosystem of projects that have grown out of the initial explosion of postmodernism from the 1960s to the early 1990s" are placed side by side for our delight.

From mosques that imagine an idyllic past, via Walt Disney’s Aladdin from the 1990s, to a theatre in Moscow that turns its façade into a constructivist collage of classical scenes, "there are categories in post-modernism to be discovered, and tactics to be learned." These projects trace forms of complex stylistic figuration, from the high years of academic postmodernism, to the more popular of its forms that spread like wildfire in the latter part of the 20th century.

Frank Gehry Tells the Story Behind Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

00:00 - 23 December, 2014
Frank Gehry Tells the Story Behind Guggenheim Abu Dhabi , Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Image © Gehry Partners
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Image © Gehry Partners

In just three short years, Frank Gehry’s 450,000-square-foot Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will open. More than 12 times the size of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim New York, the expansive $800 million museum will showcase 1960s art from around the world within an asymmetrical mountain of plaster blocks and self-cooling translucent cones. Anticipating its completion, the New York Times sat down with Gehry to hear the story behind the building’s design. Watch the full interview with Gehry, here

Abu Dhabi Central Market / Foster + Partners

01:00 - 21 October, 2014
Abu Dhabi Central Market / Foster + Partners, © Nigel Young | Foster + Partners
© Nigel Young | Foster + Partners

© Nigel Young | Foster + Partners © Nigel Young | Foster + Partners © Nigel Young | Foster + Partners © Nigel Young | Foster + Partners + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Project Team

    Norman Foster, David Nelson, Gerard Evenden, Stuart Latham, Muir Livingstone, John Blythe, Edson Yabiku, David Crosswaite, Giulia Galiberti, Sandra Glass, Ashley Lane, Giulia Leoni, Emily Phang, Bram van der Wal, Ho-Ling Cheung, Luca Latini, Franquibel Lima, Chris Nunn, Riccardo Russo, Jillian Salter, Ronald Schuurmans, Sunphol Sorakul, Daniel Weiss, Laura Podda, Yong Bin Kim, Yvonne Jendreiek
  • Area

    689416.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014