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  7. In Progress: Louvre Abu Dhabi / Jean Nouvel

In Progress: Louvre Abu Dhabi / Jean Nouvel

In Progress: Louvre Abu Dhabi / Jean Nouvel
In Progress: Louvre Abu Dhabi / Jean Nouvel, © TDIC
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Client

    TDIC
  • Project Year

    2016
Roof Plan with Dome
Roof Plan with Dome
Roof Plan without Dome
Roof Plan without Dome

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. 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.

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© TDIC

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. 

Elevations
Elevations

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.

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© TDIC

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. 

Dome pattern
Dome pattern

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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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Fernanda Castro. "In Progress: Louvre Abu Dhabi / Jean Nouvel" 12 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/793182/in-progress-louvre-abu-dhabi-jean-nouvel/> ISSN 0719-8884
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进行中:阿布扎比卢浮宫/ Jean Nouvel