Louvre Abu Dhabi is a new project of talented French architect Jean Nouvel, who was awarded in 2008 the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honor.
For Nouvel in architecture style is not essential, for each project he tries to develop different strategy first of all according to cultural specialties, location, surrounding area, client and project's purposes.
Museum is situated in one of the greatest United Arab Emirate's challenges – Saadiyat Island Cultural District (not far from Abu Dhabi).
Semi sphere type of roof is used frequently by designers all over the world, but the goal of this one is it's pattern.
Jean Nouvel was inspired by the interlaced palm leaves traditionally used as covering material – thanks to Arabian dry climate. The light can easily go through such construction. He decided to create geometric lace dome that could repeat the same effect.
Geometric design repeats at various sizes and angles in ten different layers.
It seems that the lacy dome is absolutely weightless… but actually it is very heavy and covers area about five football pitches. Hard to believe indeed..
Louvre Abu Dhabi will be the first universal museum in the Arab world. With the help of the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance. Exhibitions will also include treasures from French museums including Musée du Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Centre Pompidou.
Museum is due to open in 2015, so we will able to explore this masterpiece soon.
More about Louvre Abu Dhabi museum you can find here.
Below you will find video of light patterns testing process.