Abu Dhabi’s Louvre: Symbol of dialogue between cultures.
After many years of hard work, the museum Louvre in Abu Dhabi will open its doors. Designed by Pritzker prize winner Jean Nouvel, the museum was born following an intergovernmental agreement with France and it will exhibit artworks from all over the World.
Jean Nouvel was inspired by the special features of the Saadiyat site: a virgin lagoon island, between sand and sea, shade and light. His design will offer future visitors a high-impact architectural and museum experience that fosters dialogue between cultures.
The peculiarity of this prestigious work is the silver dome, which measures 180 meters and is made up of nearly 8000 metallic stars embedded in a complex geometric pattern which creates a spetacular “light rain” effect when it is lit by the sun.
The museum is not, in any way, a copy of the French Louvre; it is an individual institution offering its own interpretation of a universal museum, reflecting its era and the local traditions of the country it lies in. Its collection, which will include loans from French institutions (rotated on a ten-year basis), as well as works from its own currently-developing compilation, will be presented in an original manner.
Nesite contributed to the completion of the project by installing over 20.000 sqm of highly customized raised access floor, certified as anti – seismic.
For this project, we have produced and installed the following:
- Our Tetris floor with tongue & groove system, calcium sulphate core at high density 32 mm thick and MPL stringers.
- Customized panels with calcium sulphate core, 38 mm thick, galvanized steel tray 1 mm thick and various finishes in natural stone, with perimeter in bronze brass 3 mm thick, special dimensions 1400×233 mm.
- Heavy duty substructure, with stringers 50x50x2 mm and special metal mesh 70×70 cm.