Our Dubai studio recently took a trip to the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
The exhibitions were amazing, but more than anything we were engrossed in the design of the museum itself, created by the architect Jean Nouvel.
Some highlights for us were:
- The channels of water.
Bodies of water seem to cut through the building’s geometric forms. These add a real element of exploration and excitement as you move through the museum, and tie the museum more closely to its coastal location.
- The stone finishes.
We loved the way the stone finishes change as you move from room to room, using many different coloured stones and marble. It gives a sense of zealous attention to detail and creates a bespoke journey through the spaces.
- The display cases.
The cases themselves are refined and beautifully detailed, but without detracting from the artefacts contained within them.
- The dome and the “Rain of Light”.
The dome is an impressive feat of engineering and spans a huge distance with minimal support. The structure itself feels very heavy, but the light-dappling effect created by its honeycomb design is truly stunning. The intensity changes as the sun moves throughout the day, meaning it never feels the same from hour to hour.
- The sheer expanse.
The size of the museum is extremely deceiving. From the entrance you can primarily only see the dome, and it’s only once you get inside that you realise the enormity of the site.
We definitely recommend a visit and look forward to going back ourselves.