Louvre Abu Dhabi construction on track
Piling works have begun at Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island. Work will progress over the following 20 weeks with German construction company Bauer International FZE driving a total of 5,638 piles into the ground. 4,298 steel piles and 1,340 concrete piles will be set, amounting to 94.2km in length.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the centrepiece of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District which will be home to the world’s largest concentration of cultural institutions in the world and will also include Norman Foster's Zayed National Museum and Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum as well as projects by Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando.
“We are very excited about the Louvre Abu Dhabi project and how it is progressing so rapidly. This development is indeed one-of-a-kind – from design aesthetics to constructions mechanisms – it is a piece of art in the making. Taking the development aspect into perspective, our requirements for contractors are very demanding and we are proud to work with the world’s leading construction firms as we build these top-class museums," commented Lee Tabler, CEO for the Tourism Development and Investment Company .
Once completed in 2013 the Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature a distinctive 180 metres lattice-like dome and contain 8,000 sq m of gallery space.