More images of Gehry's Abu Dhabi Guggenheim



And finally, here are more images showing Frank Gehry's design for the new Guggenheim museum in the United Arab Emirates.


The client, UAE’s Tourism Development & Investment Company, sent us the following information on Gehry’s project:


The Gehry concept for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum, which at 320,000 square feet will be the world’s largest Guggenheim museum, is designed around accommodating approximately 130,000 square feet of exhibition space. It will feature permanent collections, galleries for special exhibitions, a centre for art and technology, a children’s art education facility, archives, library and research centre and a state-of-the-art conservation laboratory.


“Approaching the design of the museum for Abu Dhabi made it possible to consider options for design of a building that would not be possible in the United States or in Europe," said Gehry. “It was clear from the beginning that this had to be a new invention. The landscape, the opportunity, the requirement, to build something that people all over the world would come to and the possible resource to accomplish it opened tracks that were not likely to be considered anywhere else.

"The site itself, virtually on the water or close to the water on all sides, in a desert landscape with the beautiful sea and the light quality of the place suggested some of the direction."

In the Gehry design, four storeys of central core galleries are laid out around a courtyard. “These will be more classical contemporary galleries, completely air conditioned with skylights where possible and a sophisticated lighting system," said Gehry. Two more rings of galleries span out from the core.

“The third ring is for larger galleries, built more like raw industrial space with exposed lighting and systems. They would be less finished. These galleries will be attractive as spawning homes for a new scale of contemporary art - art that would be, perhaps, made on site and of a scale that could not be achieved in the normally organised museums around the world."

Posted on Wednesday January 31st 2007 at 8:52 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • ¿otro guggenheim más? ¿cuándo se le ocurrirá algo nuevo?

  • Alix

    ‘Hmmmmm…. anyone seen the new guggenheim?’ ‘Its probably under that rubbish heap of cardboard boxes and plastic tubing!’ Gehry’s asymetrical, angular constructions lost their charm a long time ago…..

  • famous architect


    After seeing what Zaha’s studio is up to… sort of makes Gehry look pretty uninteresting.

    In my view, very few established firms are putting out work as good as Zaha these days. I think she gets the best people in Europe, probably the reason.

  • looks like confetti

  • john graham

    i think the building is whimsical, like a micro city. it is not as strong as some of his other forms, but still free and light. out of a fairy tale or a dream of one’s childhood. such a sense of movement. i have decided to love it.

  • john graham

    also, gehry’s hand here is so light. you can see his personality but it’s not overpowering. Zaha Hadid’s buildings are absolutely saturated in her ego. Every inch is part of her vision, there’s no relief, no where to breath. I also feel like she is not as genuine as Gehry. I believe her buildings are attempts at being really cool or futuristic or alienating, or just wierd. She isn’t really being herself, showing us a vision that is intimate. She is trying to be as loud and as new and different as she can, so that her ego is pumped up as large as it can be.

  • sandbern

    i hate all of these “chest-thumping” architects that think they are the hottest thing to ever happen to architecture. They give no thought whatsoever to the quality of light, which is so integral in an art gallery setting. The buildings become objects themselves and give only a secondary thought to the thing which they were commissioned to house: the art. Yes these buildings may be “cool to look at”, but when you take it down to the fundamental question, “are these buildings functional?” you get a resounding “NO!”

  • Nicolas

    I don’t know if i like it or not… I like Gehry, but i’m not a huge fan. But i love that the shape of this museum is as crazy as the silly growth of buildings around there.

    from some point of view it’s elegant, some other, it’s messy. I like this contradiction. but i’m no architect…

  • B

    Now, where among that pile of children blocks is the arabic element present?
    I dunno…every since architects decided that it was “inteligent” to close windows to fresh air, they lost me.

  • r.meier: Hey, somebody has something to explain about my model!!
    staff : ok, it was my fault Sir, exactly my son, he play basket ball inside our house, then suddenly, bang! the model become like this..
    but i have an idea, why don’t we give this model to Gehry?
    r.meier: ok, good idea..

  • Bill

    All modern architecture looks great as a model. But once it is scaled up it is unliveable and a monster. Architects think in the model size all the time. It is how they construct. But real life is about interest on a small scale. People will have to walk around this jumble – what do they do then? Watch kids when they walk – they want to be fascinated by the immediate and small. It all fell apart when architects were no longer builders.

  • sadiqa

    gehry seemz to b a megalomanic patient!!!

  • jackrabbit

    the scale is all wrong.

  • from these pics , i have the feeling from outer space.

  • zeena

    Je crois que j’aime beaucoup la maquette, et je suis curieuse et intéressée de voir le bâti réalisé, et l’intérieur ; ça ressemble à des constructions avec des boites à cadeaux en carton, c’est léger et enfantin…

  • Relax, it's just architecture. It makes you think, it makes you dream, it takes you to another place. So it works. Gehry and Hadid are simply genius.