A total of 4,500 tube lights have now been installed across the roof of Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi.
This permanent feature is able to be controlled by a system that allows the adjustment of the level of brightness.
Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of the board at the emirate’s Tourism Development & Investment Company, said: “We are pleased to announce the completion of this milestone in time to welcome and celebrate the Holy month of Ramadan.
“This achievement also offers members of the public an opportunity to witness the great strides taken in the museum’s construction and observe the dome’s intricate cladding pattern, giving them a hint of the wonder they will experience once Louvre Abu Dhabi is officially opened.”
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s dome is comprised of eight layers of cladding – four outer and four inner, with the dome’s structure in between.
These layers consist of 7,850 star-shaped pieces of aluminium and stainless steel, of various sizes and angles – the largest of which measures 13 metres in diameter and weighs 1.3 tonnes. This results in a captivating ‘Rain of Light’ effect, as envisioned by Pritzker Prize winning architect Nouvel.