Louvre Abu Dhabi

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project at a glance

Located within the culture district at Saadiyat island, Louvre Abu Dhabi is a fine arts museum that features paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, archaeological findings, and decorative arts.

The project consists of 64,000 square meters of built-up area including a permanent gallery of 6,700 square meters, a temporary gallery of 2,400 square meters, and a 233-square-meter children museum. The project is surrounded by the Arabian Gulf and 16,000 square meters of landscaping and water features.

Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, who describes the architecture of Louvre Abu Dhabi as an “island on an island,” the project comprises numerous buildings interconnected by interior and exterior spaces, throughout which flow ponds, water features, and landscaped areas. Many of the features are inspired by Islamic and Arabic art and culture, as well as other local, historical influences.

This blend of styles is most prominent in the 180 meter diameter dome, which creates a dramatic lighting effect as natural light passes through the interlaced mushrabiya-style structure that seems to float above a small traditional Arab city.

Renderings courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

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