Louvre Abu Dhabi ATELIERS JEAN NOUVEL Abu Dhabi, UAE
“Architecture is about harnessing the will, desire and skills of a handful of people in order to modify a place at a given point in time. architecture is never something you create alone. you always create it somewhere in particular, at the request of one person or several people, but always for everyone to enjoy.” - Jean Nouvel
FIG 1. Elevation of Louvre Abu Dhabi
The architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel planned the Louvre as the centerpiece of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. The dome is supported by four points around its perimeter truss. It is 180m wide in diameter and spanned over the cluster of the buildings. The design that commemorates the new tourist and cultural development of the island is so captivating. The idea of having a large shallow dome is to bring forward the perspective of a bridge for global cultures. The patterning within the surface of the dome is to commemorate ‘the lost city that recovered archeologically from the sands’4. This precedents can be applied in developing the gateaway idea of 3D printing. Creating layers of patterns within the computation and experimenting with its materiality by obtaining the stacks of 3D printing method. The building itself inherits the perception of entering a new world. The light and shadows that are associated within the pattern of the dome is intended to create a sense of welcome towards its viewers and users. Aside from its site culture and history, the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum was also influenced by the exploration of its spatial geography, understanding the site and weather within the tropic area. The design utilizes water as to reflect every part of the buildings delivering the rain of light towards its interior. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is appreciated for understanding every bits of detail, bringing the comfortable microclimate from the wind. The unique and modern movement of design is aim for the user’s spatial experience. This dynamic and responsive architecture re-highlights the notion of architectural authors and agents. It furthermore challenges not only aesthetic form of architecture but also its critical thinking behind its social culture and political view. The building is to service the diverse social system within the society 5.
FIG 2 & 3. Interior of Louvre Abu Dhabi
Studio A - Part A. Case for Innovation