From vision to reality
Our intricate design for the dome comprised more than 400,000 individual elements. Coupled with the sheer size and weight of the structure, this made for a complex installation process that took two years to complete.
Using BIM to coordinate the fabrication and construction process, we remained on hand throughout the installation of the dome to maintain excellent communication across the project team and troubleshoot issues as they arose. This ensured that the lengthy and complicated programme remained accurate and on schedule.
The alchemy of light
It is when visitors enter the museum that the true magic of the dome is revealed. To achieve architect Jean Nouvel’s vision for a ‘rain of light’ within the interior spaces, our engineers designed an intricate lattice structure that allows sunlight to permeate the dome, and dance across the galleries below in ever-changing dappled patterns.
The effect is effortless in its beauty, but it took bold, imaginative and ingenious engineering to allow the sun into the museum galleries while protecting the priceless artworks inside.
A museum in the sea
Floating on the warm water of the Persian Gulf, the reflection of the waves casting luminous ripples across its white walls and sparkling off the aluminium dome, Louvre Abu Dhabi appears at one with its maritime setting.
Realising this harmonious vision presented some serious challenges for our team of engineers. In collaboration with the architect, who drew on ancient falaj principles to invite the ocean into the museum, we delivered unique spaces in which art and life can interact while also providing adequate protection against potential environmental and security issues.
width of the iconic dome
weight of the dome
depth of piles
More about the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Meet the project team
Site Project Director
Lead Structural Engineer
All Images © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji