Designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel and located in Saadiyat Cultural District, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is first universal museum in the Arab world. The design of the project is inspired by the Falaj water system which is derived from ancient Arabian engineering. The museum’s geometric lace dome reflects the interlaced palm leaves traditionally used as roofing material in the Emirates.
The museum is being developed by Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), with the expertise of Agence France- Museums and in partnership with the Musée du Louvre. TDIC has engaged the services of Turner Construction as the employer’s representative. Ateliers Jean Nouvel are the architects and Buro Happold are the engineering consultants. The construction contract has been awarded to ASO Louvre JV, a joint venture between Arabtec, San Jose Constructora and Oger Abu Dhabi.
KEO was engaged by Ateliers Jean Nouvel as the Supervising Architect.