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The Louvre – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

by Marquette Turner

in Design & Trends

We’re not ones to bring you too much overseas architecture, but one something outstandingly notable comes along we’ll bring it to your attention.

This is the interior of the Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. Nouvel has been awarded the 2008 Pritzker Prize, the highest honor for architecture, for his creative experimentation and buildings that speak to their surroundings.

Approaching from the water, the shaded space shows its scattered light, which continues the sparkling light of the water onto the architecture.

On a more abstract level, the museum is a ‘city’ with houses, streets and plaza’s that is ‘protected’ from the sun by a Buckminster Fuller kind of dome. The cupola becomes the ash that conserves a civilization.

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