New Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum
The first great Universal Museum in the Arab world
When the new Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi opens its gates on December 2015, it will become the first great Universal Museum in the Arab world.
When the new Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi opens its gates on December 2015, it will become the first great Universal Museum in the Arab world. This unprecedented undertaking got to a start in 2007, when an intergovernmental agreement was signed by the United Arab Emirates and France. The architect behind this flagship museum is none other than the French Jean Nouvel, one of the World's most prestigious architects.
Innovative and ambitious, the Abu Dhabi Louvre is expected to be a place of discovery, encounter and education. The new museum will be located on the Saadiyat Island. Two thirds of the structure will be covered by a white dome with a diameter of 180 metres, an architectural element that is characteristic of the Arabian architecture, that is reminiscent of the mosque, the mausoleum and the madrasa. The openings in the building's walls are designed to allow light and temperature to be controlled from the inside. The building's volumes, with their simple geometric shapes distributed on an apparently random pattern, recall to an Arabian city and its medina.
The aim is to create a cozy and peaceful environment, combining the light with shadows. Thus the Louvre Abu Dhabi evokes an urban stroll, a garden by the sea, an oasis of relax, a place to take refuge from the heat of the day, a proper sanctuary for the most valuable works of art.
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