About The Architect
Louvre Abu Dhabi will be housed in a building designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. Its first key principle highlights the museum structure as a metaphor of the traditional Arabic souk, with small shaded passages. The second key principle is the protection of this museum, where the pedestrian areas and the nested artworks are roofed by a large dome.
“I wanted this building to mirror a protected territory that belongs to the Arab world and this geography.”
ABOUT THE DESIGN
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s dome combines traditional key elements within Islamic and Arabic architecture, as well as modern components. The geometric lace dome was inspired by the interlaced palm leaves traditionally used as roofing material in the UAE, which results in an enchanting ’rain of light’ effect. It is 180 metres in diameter and features approximately 7000 tonnes of steel, supported by only four concrete piers.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Louvre Abu Dhabi will display works of historical, cultural and sociological significance from ancient times to the contemporary era and will encompass 9,200 square metres of art galleries.
The Permanent Gallery will take the visitor through a universal journey from the most ancient to contemporary, through artworks from different civilizations. The Temporary Gallery will be a dedicated space presenting exhibitions of international standards. It will be enriched by loans from many notable French museums including Musee du Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and Centre Pompidou.
Born of an intergovernmental agreement between the UAE and France in 2007, Louvre Abu Dhabi will be the first universal museum in the Arab World translating the spirit of openness and dialogue of cultures. It will also be one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District that are unprecedented in scale and scope.