Video: Five things you didn’t know about the Louvre Abu Dhabi

designMENA rounds up the top five themes and design elements of the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi that opened to the public on 11 November of this year.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is located in the cultural district on Saadiyat Island, is made up of 55 white cubic volumes which house various galleries.

These volumes are distributed along a promenade of what appears to be a mini-city (or ‘medina’), surrounded by water and almost entirely covered by a geometric dome that spans 180 metres.

Read more about designMENA’s tour of the building with Nouvel here. 

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The French architect highlighted the prominent role that context played in informing the various architectural elements of the building.

“I am a contextual architect”, he explained. “I cannot imagine that a programme like this exists, if it does not belong to the local culture.”

Photo by Grace Guino /ITP Images

“Architecture is a way to enlarge the world, to make the world more complex,” he told designMENA. “If you do the same thing everywhere, everywhere in the world will be the same.” Read full article here.