Louvre Abu Dhabi’s iconic dome is in its last stages of completion, with cladding layers now being installed atop its structural steel frame!
Inspired by the interlaced palm leaves traditionally used as roofing material in the Emirates, the dome cladding is made up of eight different layers – four internal and four external. Once completed, it will result in a magnificent ‘rain of light’ effect for visitors.
The cladding layers are made from 7,850 star-shaped aluminium and stainless steel elements, the largest of which measures 13 metres in diameter and weighs 1.3 tonnes. These star-shaped elements - or stars as they are referred to - make up eight layers of cladding weighing a total of 2,000 tonnes.
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