More images of Nouvel’s Abu Dhabi museum



Here are all four images of Jean Nouvel's design for the Classical Museum on Saadiyat Island (see preceding stories).


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


Nouvel’s design concept for the Classical Museum owes much to Saadiyat’s natural surroundings: “The island offers a harsh landscape, tempered by its meeting with the channel, a striking image of the aridity of the earth versus the fluidity of the waters," said Nouvel.


“These fired the imagination towards unknown cities buried deep into the sands or sunk under water. These dreamy thoughts have merged into a simple plan of an archaeological field revived as a small city, a cluster of nearly one-row buildings along a leisurely promenade.

“This micro-city requires a micro-climate that would give the visitor a feeling of entering a different world. The building is covered with a large dome, a form common to all civilisations. This one is made of a web of different patterns interlaced into a translucent ceiling which lets a diffuse, magical light come through in the best tradition of great Arabian architecture.

"Water is given a crucial role, both in reflecting every part of the building and acting as a psyche, and in creating, with a little help from the wind, a comfortable micro-climate."

Posted on Wednesday January 31st 2007 at 8:47 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Jose


  • Pobre nouvel, del buen arquitecto que era hasta hace unos años, ahora haciendo platillos voladores. Además opacos ¿dónde quedó su característica transparencia?

  • El guapo

    Chato, la cúpula no es del todo opaca, el material del que está hecha sí, pero va estar toda perforada con el típico motivo árabe.

    A ver si nos informamos mejor de los proyectos que es muy fácil hablar desde la ignorancia.

  • juan carlos

    realmente , fantastico ,el proyecto es genial , tal parerciera q la cupula esta sobrepuesta sobre los demas elementos, no es el estilo q le distingue a nouvel , pero quien dijo q un arquitecto solo tiene q seguir una tendencia. es lo bonito de la arquitectura, no hay recetas.

  • Que tamaño tienen el ovni?? porque hacer una estructura digna de starwars y que te la lleve puesta un viento, no debe ser para nada agradable…no?

  • Increible, elegante y original, me gusta el manejo de la simplicidad y el evitar el protagonismo tan recurrido hoy dia entre los arquitectos de la fama de nouvel

  • mac_apple

    very classic

  • Nicolas Llewellin

    I will call it…floating mushroom

  • Bob

    Much about the design– texture, integration and separation between interior and exterior, serene forms– provide a space I’d love to visit and in which to view art. But the dome seems to need to be supported and anchored with some wall sections at the edges, to confirm its dome-ness, or to be elevated to float above like an umbrella or sunshade. As it is, the overall aspect of the exterior has the appearance of a frisbee or a hubcab that has landed accidentally landed on a lego city.

  • mahrous

    I like it

  • when i see these pics, i think it is like the Grand National Theatre of our country.
    before i saw a serie of photoes,they are very spectacular.

  • The developers have already built an experimental building on Saadiyat Island to test the roof.

  • ZD

    guys where can i find the plans for that museum, i need for an architectural research project for my studio 3 in school.
    dose anyone know???

  • Se ve interesante el proyecto. Habría que verlo finalizado. Alguien sabe para cuándo estará listo?