It’s taken ten years but the Louvre Abu Dhabi is finally open. It sits under a honeycombed dome of eight layers of Arab-style geometric shapes and draws in the lapping waters of the Persian Gulf.
4 days. Soaring towards #LouvreAbuDhabi’s dome,Penone’s ‘Leaves of Light’ is a symbol of life.Purchase your tickets https://t.co/wfNRNGlwL1 pic.twitter.com/YJT0yDBaLa— Louvre Abu Dhabi (@LouvreAbuDhabi) November 7, 2017
The Museum’s cost is unknown but Abu Dhabi has agreed to pay France $525 million to use the ‘Louvre’ name for the next 30 years,
French architect Jean Nouvel says he was inspired by the landscape.
“The idea was to create an Arabian agora and a place where you come when you come back, when you talk about culture, about art,” he explains. “And not a box with an entrance and a classification only.”