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Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 
Thursday 25 Nov 2010
 
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Foster + Partners 
 
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02/12/10 Archie, SLC
If only Calatrava had done the bridge at least.
30/11/10 a concerned architect, Mumbai
i'll tell you exactly what it is: take a good mixer-grinder and use these ingredients: it's Richard Roger's proposal for a station in budapest [or was it antwerp?] which was done almost a decade ago, Renzo Piano's much-respected and hallowed Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Jorn Utzon's you-know-which-building, Santiago Calatrava's overdone Valencia Science City buildings, Imre Makovecz's beautiful work in Hungary - all mixed up with some sentimental 'love for nature and falconry' [so are these the dead birds? - how contradictory - 'love' nature and shoot the 'birds'] - i can't believe that this is work coming out of a practice that redefined mid-20th century architectural history. And yeah, sanjay puri can use the eulogy of 'inspired' but not 'copied' - as that is exactly what he does in his practice . . . ugghh!!!!
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30/11/10 sanjay puri, mumbai
its inspired ...but not a copy!!!
30/11/10 Michael Krijnen, Honolulu
Too self conscious, grand and monumental, great if you like the tail fins of a 1960 Cadillac and about as functional.
I wonder what function will follow this form, when they realize that the thermal stack effect cleaning the air and providing human comfort will not be achieved especially when the water leaks through the roof from the plantings above and mould begins to grow on the ceilings.
Hey I could be wrong ...........
a very ballsy project with too many unknowns.

It will make a nice ruin .......................
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30/11/10 fred crocet, london
A sorry comparison with fingers - they look like finger nails. The building will certainly stand as a testament to Pop Architecture and excessive glitz. Like most of the buildings WAN glorifies.
30/11/10 EF, Dallas
It is Piano all the way! Foster is capable of better buildings without copying. Shame, shame...
30/11/10 Peter, Cape Town
Embarrassing really: pure image, no architectural idea or cohesion. And the interior 'artist impression' is scaleless ... and scary.
30/11/10 Philip, Kampala
Well more Piano meets Utzorn in the middle east, nice building nonetheless
30/11/10 Chander Chawla, Varanasi
This is not great architecture. The project is intended to intimidate, shock and tantalize. The scale to me is rather inhuman. Its too glitzy and appears more sculpture than architecture.
30/11/10 Esomchi Ify O., Abuja, Nigeria
Intriguing facades.... I love the concept, and expression!
 

Editorial

Zayed National Museum set to be first completed museum on Saadiyat Island 

Foster + Partners has released new images of its designs for the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi, after they were officially unveiled by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashi Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

Already under construction, the Zayed National Museum is located on Saadiyat Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, a mixed use development also set to receive the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum by Frank Gehry, the Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel and the Performing Arts Center and Maritime Museum by Tadao Ando over the coming years.

The new Foster + Partners designed museum is dedicated to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (founding President of the UAE) and will stand as a testament to his memory and the social and economic transformation of the Emirates.

Five finger-like towers rise from a man-made, landscaped mound, acting as thermal chimneys for the natural ventilation of the museum spaces at their base. These heated protrusions are not only designed for dramatic aesthetic effect, but also to draw cooling air currents from the museum itself, vertically through the galleries using the thermal stack effect.

Also comparable to a birds wing, Foster + Partners explain: “The analogies with falcons and flight are deliberate and relate directly to Sheikh Zayed's love of falconry.” This concept can be found in multiple locations within the museum complex, including an exhibition on the subject and an outdoor arena to host live displays with hunting birds.

Aside from the various exhibition spaces which are centred by a bold top-lit lobby, the Zayed National Museum also features shops, cafés, an auditorium and informal venues for the performance of poetry and dance. The intense sunlight of the Abu Dhabi region is carefully directed through specifically located openings, engineered to illuminate the artworks to the greatest effect.

Lord Foster said: “It has been a great privilege to work on the Zayed National Museum, to carry forward Sheikh Zayed’s vision and to communicate the dynamic character of a contemporary United Arab Emirates. We have sought to establish a building that will be an exemplar of sustainable design, resonating with Sheikh Zayed’s love of nature and his wider heritage.”

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