A Peek Inside the Louvre Abu Dhabi

John Hill
7. September 2017
Photo: Mohamed Somji © Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which announced it will be opening to the public on 11 November 2017, has released some images of the long anticipated building designed by Jean Nouvel.

The official photos of the Louvre Abu Dhabi come a few weeks after we featured some photos we found on Twitter. Those images made us optimistic about the museum opening at some point in the near future, but these new photos make us excited about the qualities of space and light created by the multi-layered dome. Described as a "medina under a vast silvery dome," the 7,850 unique metal stars overhead create a moving "rain of light" that is meant to recall the overlapping palm trees of oases elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates. The museum's collection of artworks, artifacts and "loans from France's top museums" are housed in boxes positioned beneath the dome.

Photo: Mohamed Somji © Louvre Abu Dhabi
Photo: Mohamed Somji © Louvre Abu Dhabi
Photo: Mohamed Somji © Louvre Abu Dhabi
Photo: Mohamed Somji © Louvre Abu Dhabi

Ironically, the most stunning image of Nouvel's "rain of light" is found in a short video from the Louvre Abu Dhabi that shows a couple traversing what appears to ba an inaccessible roof atop one of the galleries:

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