AMBITIOUS: Abu Dhabi’s Louvre museum is surrounded by sea water
ABU Dhabi’s Louvre museum has been surrounded by sea water in a major step towards completion of the project, the develop- er said last Tuesday (14).
Temporary sea protection walls used during the main construction phase have been removed, allowing the “integration of the sea” with the museum, Abu Dha-bi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) said.
“This delicate process is the result of months of planning to ensure that the inflow of sea water takes place in a controlled manner within strategic places in the museum,” said TDIC chairman Ali Majed al-Mansoori.
Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and built at a cost of half a billion euros, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature 9,200 square metres (100,000 square feet) of gallery space. A water system, derived from ancient Arabian engineering, will flow between the enclosed galleries and outer areas of the museum.
The iconic structure is perforated with designs that will project light patterns in the shape of palm trees onto the exhibition space below.
TDIC has not yet announced a date for the opening.