Abu Dhabi, 10/29/2015 10:00:00 PM - The Tourism Development & Investment Company’s (TDIC) Chairman of the Board H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, the Chief Executive Officer Mr. Sufian Hasan Al Marzooqi, and H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, along with senior representatives from TDIC, hosted Zayed National Museum architect Lord Norman Foster and senior representatives from Foster +Partners for a special introductory meeting which took place recently at The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi.
During the meeting Lord Foster provided attendees with an overview of the museum’s design including the distinctive structure of the museum which is reminiscent of the wing tips of falcons - a powerful symbol of the rich cultural heritage of the UAE. TDIC’s Chairman gave an update on the ongoing development taking place within the Saadiyat Cultural District, where the Zayed National Museum will be located alongside the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori said: “We were pleased to meet Lord Foster and discuss the Zayed National Museum’s unique design and museum’s progress update. Once we officially announce the museum’s contractor appointment, we will ensure the continuity of the high quality standards that are set for all three museums in Cultural District of Saadiyat.
Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, the museum is a tribute to the late President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The museum design is highly innovative and sustainable, it will be naturally ventilated during appropriate outside temperatures. The natural ventilation period is extended by using fresh air supplied through intakes in the mound using the mechanical system which then passes through a labyrinth below the building to pre-cool the fresh air and reduce the cooling loads.
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