The most important exhibit at the Louvre Abu Dhabi is the building itself.
French architect Jean Nouvel:
“The idea was to create an Arab agora, a place where people could gather, come here and come back again, talk about culture, art, so that it is not just a building with an entrance, called a museum.”
The Louvre Abu Dhabi building has many water channels and a huge openwork dome (180 meters – the diameter of the museum dome). This gives the impression that the museum is in the open air on the high seas.
The dome of the building is made up of 8,000 metal stars that overlap and scatter sunlight.
“I wanted this umbrella to establish a metaphysical relationship with the sky, ”says the architect.