The dome of Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, has been successfully lifted and placed into its final position, master developer Tourism Development & Investment Company said on Sunday.
The developer of major cultural developments on Saadiyat Island including three iconic museums in the Cultural District, said the dome was now firmly sitting on top of the museum’s four main permanent piers.
The final touchdown took place in the presence of Ali Majed Al Mansoori, TDIC’s chairman, along with some board members, TDIC senior management and senior management of the main contractors.
The dome of the museum, which was constructed over the span of 10 months, was originally built on top of 120 temporary towers as a way to support its weight during the construction process.
Its lift is the first of its kind in the world of construction for a permanent structure of this scale and size. The dome weighs 7,000 tonnes and is 180 metres wide.
Al Mansoori said: “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.”
Construction is progressing at the site of Louvre Abu Dhabi. To date, the concrete work has been almost completed. Furthermore, a total of 34,000 tonnes of reinforcement steel has been used and over 21 million man hours completed on-site.
Work is also progressing on the 1.2km Saadiyat Tunnel which will be the main entryway for the artworks as they are transported to their destination.
The 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 collection taking the visitor through a universal journey from the most ancient to contemporary art works from different civilisations. There will be a dedicated space of 2,364 square metres for temporary exhibitions.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, when completed, will be one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District. These feature Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.