An Arabtec-led joint venture has won a AED2.4bn ($653m) contract from Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) to construct the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the Saadiyat Cultural District, UAE.
The contract was won by Arabtec and its joint venture partners, Constructora San Jose and Oger Abu Dhabi, following a tendering process.
Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the 64,000m² museum will feature a complex of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals.
Scheduled to open in 2015, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature a 180m diameter shallow dome, with intricate perforations which will allow diffused light to pass through it, resembling sunlight passing through date palm fronds.
The museum will feature 9,200m² of art galleries, including 6,000m² of permanent galleries and 2,000m² of temporary exhibition space.
Under the deal, Arabtec and its partners will start construction work immediately, with the museum’s concrete frame to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.
Work on the geometric lace dome is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2014 and the final stage, which includes marine works and removal of temporary land platforms, is planned to be completed in 2015.
TDIC managing director and director general Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi said, "The construction phase of the Louvre Abu Dhabi is an important milestone in the museum’s life as it celebrates the significant work that has been achieved in the development of the cultural programme of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and its art collection."
The museum is one of the three museums which TDIC plans to construct in the Saadiyat Cultural District.
The other two museums are Zayed National Museum, which will open in 2016, and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, set to open in 2017.
Designed by the UK-based architect Norman Foster, Zayed National Museum will feature seven permanent gallery displays as well as temporary exhibition spaces and a library.
US architect Frank Gehry designed the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum, which will be built as a conical structure.
Image: The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum will feature a complex of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals. Photo: Tourism Development and Investment Company.