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Abu Dhabi

The Engineering Behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi's Striking Geometric Dome

09:30 - 28 December, 2017
The Engineering Behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi's Striking Geometric Dome, © Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia
© Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia

Walking into Abu Dhabi’s new Louvre Museum, one is immediately greeted by a flood of dappled light created by the stunning, multi-layered lattice covering the interweaving interior spaces of the building. The intricate geometric dome is both reminiscent of traditional Arabic architecture screens and crucial in achieving Architect’s Jean Nouvel’s vision for a “rain of light.” But what went into the design and construction of the building’s most striking element, and how does it function structurally? Ateliers Jean Nouvel worked for over one year in close collaboration with BuroHappold Engineering to develop a design which is both an architectural and structural masterpiece. We spoke with Andy Pottinger, Associate Director at BuroHappold, to understand the dome in more depth.

© BuroHappold Engineering © BuroHappold Engineering © BuroHappold Engineering © BuroHappold Engineering + 13

MVRDV Unveils Pixelated Mixed-Use Community Around BIG-Designed Plaza in Abu Dhabi

10:31 - 5 December, 2017
MVRDV Unveils Pixelated Mixed-Use Community Around BIG-Designed Plaza in Abu Dhabi, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV has teamed up with local architects Dewan Architects + Engineers to create Pixel, a 76,000-square-meter (818,000-square-foot) mixed-use residential development that will serve as a centerpiece of Abu Dhabi’s new Makers District.

Also featuring a landscape and public realm design by BIG, Pixel will become MVRDV’s first constructed project in the United Arab Emirates upon its scheduled completion in 2020.

Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV + 11

Critical Round-Up: The Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel

09:30 - 21 November, 2017
Critical Round-Up: The Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Earlier this month, Abu Dhabi’s much-awaited “universal museum,” the Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Jean Nouvel, was opened to the public. After several years of delays and problems including accusations of worker rights violations, revisions in economic strategies, and regional turmoil, the completion of the museum is a feat in itself. Critics, supporters, naysayers, artists, economists, and human rights agencies, have all closely followed its shaky progress, but now that it’s finally open, reviews of the building are steadily pouring in.

Read on to find out how critics have responded to Nouvel’s work so far.

© Marc Domage © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe + 9

See the Incredibly Complex Louvre Abu Dhabi Constructed Over 8 Years in This Timelapse

12:30 - 20 November, 2017

With its massive, intricate roof and man-made pools and canals, Ateliers Jean Nouvel's astonishingly complex Louvre Abu Dhabi was a project 10-years in the making before finally debuting to the public earlier this month. But even if the project missed it's original completion date, it certainly wasn't for lack of trying – and that's proven in this new video timelapse from EarthCam.

The video captures the 8-year-long construction process from groundbreaking to completion, showing the museum as it came together from a variety of perspectives, including how the roof was assembled in mid-air before being gently lowered into place, and the enormous effort of earth moving to build the unique site.

Check out the video below.

Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

10:30 - 10 November, 2017
Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

The much-anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvelopens this week in the United Arab Emirates. The project has enormous significance as a transnational partnership between the French and Emirati governments, and is set to become a center for art and learning in the Gulf region. Located on Saadiyat Island and surrounded by the sea, the museum comprises twenty three permanent galleries and exhibition spaces, a Children's Museum, an auditorium, and a research center – all connected together by waterfront promenades and a vast, shimmering dome.

Louvre Abu Dhabi / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

05:00 - 8 November, 2017
© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority © Roland Halbe Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. Photographed by Fatima Al Shamsi © Mohamed Somji + 94

Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi Opens To The Public Following a Decade in Development

09:30 - 7 November, 2017
Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi Opens To The Public Following a Decade in Development, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Following ten years of multinational collaboration between France and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi opens this week to the public. Located on Saadiyat Island and surrounded by the sea, twenty three permanent galleries and exhibition spaces, a Children's Museum, an auditorium, and a research center are connected by waterfront promenades which weave beneath the building's iconic dome.

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Marc Domage © Roland Halbe + 11

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

02:00 - 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