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Louvre Abu Dhabi

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Jean Nouvel
location Abu Dhabi
function museum
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From Ateliers Jean Nouvel: Jean Nouvel sought inspiration for the concept in traditional Arabic architectural culture, and designed Louvre Abu Dhabi as a 'museum city' in the sea. Its contrasting series of white buildings take inspiration from the medina and low-lying Arab settlements. In total, 55 individual but connected buildings make up this museum city. A vast dome, 180m in diameter, covers the majority of the museum city. This impressive structure is visible from the sea, the surrounding areas and Abu Dhabi city centre. The dome's complex pattern is the result of a highly studied geometric design. The pattern is repeated at various sizes and angles in the eight superimposed layers. Each ray of light penetrates the eight layers before appearing or disappearing. The result is a cinematic 'Rain of Light' effect as the sun's path progresses throughout the day. At night, it forms 7,850 stars visible from both inside and out. This effect is one of the defining features of the concept.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi
Saadiyat Cultural District
United Arab Emirates
Project is public!
Opening hours Sat, Sun, Tue, Wed: 10 am - 8pm
Thu, Fri: 10 am - 10 pm
Mon: closed
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Completion 11- 2017
Floor area/size 97000 m2
ArchitectJean Nouvel
lighting designer8 18 Lumiere
building costs consultantMDA Consulting
acoustics consultantStudio DAP
Project ID 33063
Latitude/Longitude 24°32'02N 54°23'55E
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