Louvre Abu Dhabi | First look inside the £1 Billion Art Museum

BERKELEY BESPOKE had the honour to visit brand new louvre at the first week of its opening

Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that is a cultural beacon, bringing together different cultures to shine fresh light on the shared stories of humanity.

 Designed as a micro-city, Louvre Abu Dhabi is an archipelago out at sea. Dedicated areas entice and encourage a multitude of activities, especially contemplation. For a diverse choice of transportation, visitors can arrive by either land or sea.

Just like wandering the narrow streets of an Arabian medina, visitors can explore 55 detached buildings. Twenty-three of these buildings are devoted to galleries, which were inspired by the low-lying homes of the local region. Exterior facades overlooking both sea and the Abu Dhabi skyline encourage considered walks and conversation.

 A welcoming world serenely combining light and shadow, reflection and calm. It wishes to belong to a country, to its history, to its geography without becoming a flat translation. It also aims to emphasise the fascination generated by rare encounters.”Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel

Courtesy of Visit Abu Dhabi

“Louvre Abu Dhabi embodies our belief that nations thrive on diversity and acceptance, with a curatorial narrative that emphasises how interconnected the world has always been.”
HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak — Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

So-called “passive” design strategies take advantage of the natural shape of the buildings and the properties of the materials selected to improve outdoor conditions. The museum’s roof is perforated to capture daylight without letting in too much sun; light-reflecting materials in pale colours have been used to repel rather than absorb heat; reduced-flow plumbing and water facilities were selected to reduce the building’s demand for drinkable water.
“Fountain of Light” by Ai Weiwei
 The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s ambition is to form a new major museum with its own collection and eventually become an independent player on the world museum scene. It will draw on French expertise and be built based on a true skill-transfer approach.

Louvre Abu Dhabi


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