Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in the country, has awarded Sanjose Constructora in Joint Venture the construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi(first branch of the Louvre Museum outside France), designed by by Pritzker-price winning architect Jean Nouvel in the Saadiyat Cultural District
With a built up area of 64,000 square metres, Louvre Abu Dhabi is conceived as a complex of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals, evoking the image of a city floating on the sea. Hovering over the complex will be a form inspired by traditional Arabic architecture: a vast, shallow dome - some 180 metres in diameter - perforated with interlaced patterns so that a magical, diffused light will filter through. A “rain of light patterns” illuminates a small city of galleries. The domesome encompasses about 30 buildings along a promenade, where the water, along with the light and shades, plays a significant and essential role.
Louvre Abu Dhabi will encompass 9,200 square metres of art galleries. The 6,000-square-metre Permanent Gallery will house the museum’s permanent collection taking the visitor through a universal journey from the most ancient to contemporary through art works from different civilisations whilst the Temporary Gallery will be a dedicated space of 2,000 square meters presenting temporary exhibitions of international standards.