22 Feb 2010
Louvre Abu Dhabi : Piling Works Start
Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of cultural, residential and tourism destinations in Abu Dhabi, is fast on track with what will become one of the world' hottest cultural landmarks - the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island. This universal museum, which witnessed groundbreaking in May 2009, has now entered the piling works phase which has been awarded through a competitive tendering process to German construction company Bauer International FZE and is in schedule to be completed in 2013.
Work at the Louvre Abu Dhabi site will progress over the following 20 weeks. A total of 5,638 piles will be driven into the ground, including 4,298 steel piles and 1,340 concrete piles, amounting to 94.2km in length.
This piling works contract constitutes the second sequential package to be issued for the Louvre Abu Dhabi since its groundbreaking. The first package of enabling works, also executed by Bauer International, was completed in January 2010 after 503,000 m3 of earth had been excavated to accommodate the base of the museum.
"We are very excited about the Louvre Abu Dhabi project and how it is progressing so rapidly. This development is indeed one-of-a-kind - from design aesthetics to constructions mechanisms - it is a piece of art in the making. Taking the development aspect into perspective, our requirements for contractors are very demanding and we are proud to work with the world's leading construction firms as we build these top-class museums," commented Lee Tabler, TDIC's CEO.
Following the completion of the piling, a sub-structure contractor will be appointed to construct the concrete and waterproofing works up to ground level. The tender for this was sent out in mid February 2010 and the contractor will be appointed in May 2010. A main contractor will be tendered from March to September 2010 to execute all remaining works which includes the dome and cladding.
Designed by Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is part of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District which will be home to the world's largest concentration of cultural institutions in the world and will also include the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum.
Louvre Abu Dhabi : Sheikh Sultan & Jean Nouvel view dome
17 Nov 2009
Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of TDIC inspects a prototype of the lattice-like dome for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, installed on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island where the new universal museum is being built. Accompanying Sheikh Sultan is Jean Nouvel, Pritzker Prize-winning architect for the project.
image © TDIC, Abu Dhabi
A key design element of the Louvre Abu Dhabi will be its great dome, 180 metres (almost 600 feet) in diameter, floating above a cluster of buildings and waterways. Perforated by interlaced patterns, the dome will let a diffused light filter magically into the spaces below. The prototype, 6 metres (approximately 20 feet) in diameter, is being used to test the play of light and shadows on the site prior to fabrication of the final structure.
The 24,000 square metre (260,000 square foot) Louvre Abu Dhabi is expected to open in 2013 and will have 6,000 square metres (65,000 square feet) of galleries devoted to permanent displays and 2,000 square metres (21,500 square feet) for temporary exhibitions.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi will present major artifacts and works in archaeology, the fine arts and decorative arts from all historic periods, with works drawn from the Louvre and other French museums and from its own permanent collection.
Louvre Abu Dhabi dome image / information received 171109
Abu Dhabi Louvre - Building
NATHALIE CRINIÈRE WINS COMPETITION TO CREATE EXHIBITION DESIGN FOR THE LOUVRE ABU DHABI
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Image courtesy of Gaston Bergeret
UAE, January 5th, 2009 -- Agence France-Museums, in partnership with Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), today announced that the firm of Nathalie Crinière has been selected to create the exhibition design for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, one of the five major institutions being planned for Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island Cultural District. Nathalie Crinière was awarded the project through a competition among six invited design firms.
In addition to conceiving the design of the permanent collection galleries and integrating it with the architectural design by Jean Nouvel, Nathalie Crinière will develop a graphic identity for the Louvre Abu Dhabi and design the lighting, curatorial and directional signage, and multimedia elements.
The exhibition design competition was organized by Agence France-Museums, which is implementing the agreement between the governments of France and Abu Dhabi that has established the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and TDIC, the developer of Saadiyat Island into a signature cultural, leisure and residential destination.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi competition jury panel was chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of TDIC, and included Henri Loyrette, Director of the Musée du Louvre; Bruno Maquart, General Director of Agence France-Museums; Jean Nouvel, architect; and Lee Tabler, Chief Executive Officer of TDIC.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is being developed through a 30-year accord between the governments of France and Abu Dhabi. Housed in an extraordinary building and scheduled to open in 2012/2013, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will present important archeological artifacts and major works of fine arts and decorative arts from cultures around the world and from all historic periods.
"In partnership with the French Government and Agence France-Museums, we are moving steadily forward in realizing the Louvre Abu Dhabi," said H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan. "We look forward to continuing this momentum and breaking ground for the museum in the first half of 2009."
The 24,000 square metre (260,000 square foot) Louvre Abu Dhabi museum will include 6,000 square metres (65,000 square feet) of galleries devoted to permanent installations and 2,000 square metres (22,000 square feet) reserved for temporary exhibitions. The exhibitions in the permanent galleries will be drawn from the collections of the Louvre and other eminent French public museums and cultural institutions, including Centre Pompidou, Château de Versailles, Musée d'Orsay, Musée Rodin and Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Over time, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will also develop its own distinctive permanent collection.
Nathalie Crinière has conceived of a design that will bring these works to life, while merging seamlessly with an architecture that Jean Nouvel has described as an "island on the island": a micro-city of small buildings, ponds and landscaping, covered with a lacy dome "which lets a diffuse, magical light come through in the best tradition of great Arabian architecture." Among Nathalie Crinière's recent projects are the designs for the exhibitions "Marie Antoinette" shown at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais in Paris and "L'age d'or des sciences arabes" at Musee national d'art modern et contemporain d'Alger in Algeria.
The other firms invited to participate in the Louvre Abu Dhabi competition by Agence France-Museums included Adrien Gardère, Antoine Stinco, Reza Azard Société Projectiles, Adeline Rispal and Didier Blin.
Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum - Information from 26 May 2009
Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum Building - Talking Art Information from 26 May 2009
About Saadiyat Island Cultural District
The Saadiyat Island Cultural District in Abu Dhabi is planned to be the world's largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions. Unprecedented in scale and scope, these facilities will include the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, designed by Lord Norman Foster; the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum, designed by Frank Gehry; the Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel; a performing arts center, designed by Zaha Hadid; and a maritime museum, designed by Tadao Ando.
About Agence France-Museums
Agence France-Museums associates in its capital twelve cultural French public institutions: the Musée du Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d'Orsay, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Musée du Quai-Branly, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the Château de Versailles, the Musée Guimet, the Musée Rodin, the Ecole du Louvre, the Château de Chambord, the Etablissement Public de Maitrise d'Ouvrage des Travaux Culturels. Agence France-Museums is responsible for the project of the universal museum of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi design : Jean Nouvel