The Louvre Abu Dhabi's dome is successfully positioned
The museum gets its crowning jewel
The building of the Louvre, Abu Dhabi, has reached another milestone in construction today – its soon-to-be iconic dome has at last been completed and put into position. The crowning jewel of the museum has been lifted into place on its new permanent home.
The 7,000 tonne dome that spans 180 metres was successfully placed on top of the four main piers of the museum. A manoeuvre that has set a new record in construction, it has not been achieved anywhere else before. The Tourism Development and Investment Company Chairman, Ali Majed Al Mansoori was on site to witness the impressive feat.
“We are proud of the successes and milestones being achieved on the site of Louvre Abu Dhabi. We applaud the dedication and hard work of the teams working together to achieve this unprecedented work that reflects the best of the worlds of architecture, engineering and construction today.We can only look forward with high anticipation to what Louvre Abu Dhabi is going to bring to the world of art and culture regionally and worldwide.” Said Al Mansoori.
The impressive Louvre dome was constructed offsite and was built on a total of 120 temporary towers as a means of supporting its weight over time. It took a total of ten months to complete before it was finally ready to move into its permanent position.
Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi will encompass 9,200 square metres of art galleries. The 6,681-square-metre permanent galleries will house the museum's permanent collections of the most ancient to the contemporary art works from different civilisations. There will be a dedicated space of 2,364 square metres for temporary exhibitions.