The first gallery of the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi is now complete.
The Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), project developer, said the gallery is one in the building and was finished a year after work on the project began.
“With a transparent glass roof that allows natural light, visitors of Louvre Abu Dhabi will feel the ‘rain of light’ effect across most of its galleries, which comes as a result of the interlaced steel cladding dome of the museum,” a spokesman said.
Work is also underway on the museum’s interior walls, along with the installation of mechanical plant, water pipes, electrical cabling and security systems.
Also 20% of the dome’s structure has been put in place, with the completion of the full structural steel frame set for September 2014.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is slated for completion by Q4, 2015.
“We’re happy with where we are today. To date, more than 10 million man hours have been dedicated to Louvre Abu Dhabi reflecting the amount of foundation work that the museum requires,” Ali Al Hammadi, deputy managing director at TDIC, said.
“Despite the challenging and complicated design, construction on the ground has been progressing steadily and on schedule. Over the course of one year, we’ve moved from construction at seven metres deep to above ground construction of the galleries.”