Taking a trip to Abu Dhabi Jean Nouvel inspects a prototype dome for the city's cultural centrepiece
Jean Nouvel is visiting the Louvre Abu Dhabi site this week to inspect works following the prestigious ground breaking ceremony held in May, attended by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to be the centrepiece of Abu Dhabi's cultural district on Saadiyat Island, and its most distinctive feature, the lattice-like dome, is the subject of Nouvel's scrutiny. A 6 metre prototype of the dome was inspected by the architect and Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of TDIC, master developer for the project. The prototype will eventually be scaled up to 180 metres in diameter and float above a cluster of buildings and waterways allowing beams light to filter through the lattice. Tests are currently being conducted to test the play of light and shadows generated prior to the construction of the final structure.
When completed in 2013, the 24,000 sq m Louvre Abu Dhabi will have 6,000 sq m of galleries devoted to a comprehensive permanent display of archaeology, fine and decorative arts, and 2,000 sq m for temporary exhibitions.
Whilst in Abu Dhabi Nouvel will also be joining 30 artists, designers, musicians and other creative persons at The Wings Party, designed to celebrate the inauguration of the Abu Dhabi Art fair taking place between 19-22 November.