The huge metal dome topping French architect Jean Nouvel‘s Louvre Abu Dhabi has been captured in new images, which have emerged on Twitter ahead of the building’s completion.
French Ambassador to the UAE Ludovic Pouille shared the photographs of the museum on Twitter during a visit to the museum last week.
The photographs capture the most striking feature of Nouvel’s design – a huge domed roof that measures 180 meters in diameter.
The metal lattice structure comprises 7,850 overlapping star shapes. Pouille’s photographs also offer a preview of the roof from the inside, where it is intended to cast a dapple light across the gallery spaces. Nouvel describes this features as a “parasol creating a shower of lights”.
He designed the Louvre Abu Dhabi as an outpost of the Louvre gallery in Paris, France. The museum, which is scheduled to complete later this year, is located on an archipelago off Saadiyat Island, a man-made island of the coast of the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi.
Another image shared on Twitter by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, shows the building surrounding by water, with pools between its white block walls and underneath the roof.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi forms part of the island’s cultural district called the Saadiyat Cultural District, on its western side.
It will be accompanied by a series of arts and cultural buildings, including a new outpost of the Guggenheim, designed by Frank Gehry, and the Foster + Partners-designed Zayed National Museum.
The museum was originally intended to be completed in 2012, but this date has been repeatedly pushed back.
Jean Nouvel, who ranked at number 40 on the Dezeen Hot List, has also completed a number of buildings nearby, like the Dubai Opera in the neighbouring Emirate of Dubai, and a skyscraper in Doha, Qatar.
Earlier this year, Nouvel’s studio unveiled a series of furniture for the building, with curbed forms intended to resemble the roof shape.
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