Louvre Abu Dhabi, Tourism Development & Investment Co.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of a series of galleries and museums on Saadiyat Island. It houses great artworks from around the world, with a universal focus on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures.

Pascall+Watson’s ability to deliver technically complex schemes, whether conceptually conceived by ourselves or by others, led to our appointment as Executive Architects to bring Jean Nouvel’s stunning schematic design to life. Our role involved detailed design, specifications for construction and the production of an intricate Revit 3D model used as a tool by the wider design and engineering teams.

The design consists of a series of connected gallery spaces totalling 8,000m², surrounded by seawater and largely covered by a vast 180m diameter domed roof, supported on just four piers.

The dome which is inspired by the cupola, a distinctive feature in Arabic architecture, has seemingly random geometric openings that cast fragmented light into the circulation spaces below, suggestive of dappled light filtering through a traditional interlaced palm leaf roof.

© Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography Mohamed Somji

Value: £490m