Light rain in Louvre Abu Dhabi


Το νέο μουσείο στο νησί Σααντιγιάτ, το οποίο περιλαμβάνει 55 λευκά κτίρια, είναι έργο του διάσημου Γάλλου αρχιτέκτονα Ζαν Νουβέλ , ο οποίος εμπνεύστηκε από τις παλιές αραβικές συνοικίες.

Ο θόλος του, ο οποίος αγγίζει σε διάμετρο τα 180 μέτρα, είναι κατασκευασμένος από 7.000 τόνους χάλυβα και υποστηρίζεται από μόνο τέσσερις βάσεις, ενώ εσωτερικά, υπάρχουν περίπλοκες διατρήσεις στο πλέγμα του θόλου, που δεν λειτουργούν μόνο για φυσική διακόσμηση, αφού θα διαχέουν το φως, αλλά δημιουργούν και ένα μικροκλίμα στο χώρο.

Almost 8,000 metal stars overlap to form the geometric pattern of the dome. It filters sunlight to create is described as “a rain of light”, throwing flecks of illumination on the white blocks and promenades that forms the building’s interior.

“It is a project founded on a major symbol of Arab architecture: the dome. But here, with its evident shift from tradition, the dome is a modern proposal,” said French architect Jean Nouvel.

“A double dome 180 metres in diameter, offering horizontal, perfectly radiating geometry, a randomly perforated woven material, providing shade punctuated by bursts of sun,” he explained.

“The dome gleams in the Abu Dhabi sunshine. At night, this protected landscape is an oasis of light under a starry dome.”

The semi-outdoor spaces below the dome are used to display specially commissioned installations, while the museum’s permanent collection and temporary shows are housed within white cubic blocks, to create a “museum city”.

A well as 6,400 square metres of gallery space – comprising 23 galleries for the museum’s permanent collection, a temporary exhibition space and the Children’s Museum – the Louvre Abu Dhabi also includes a 270-seat auditorium, restaurant, shop and cafe.


The museum’s own collection of 600 artworks – ranging from pieces by Piet Mondrian, Edouard Manet and Pablo Picasso, to Cy Twombly and Ai Weiwei – will be exhibited alongside 300 pieces loaned from French cultural institutions, to present a chronological display dating from prehistory to present day.

“[Louvre Abu Dhabi] has reinvented the 18th-century premise of the universal museum for a demanding contemporary audience,” said the museum’s director, Manuel Rabaté. “In a complex multi-narrative world, these ideas are more important than ever.”

“Louvre Abu Dhabi embodies an exceptional programme in the literal sense of the word,” added Nouvel. “Its vocation is now to express what is universal throughout the ages.”


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