Abu Dhabi, 12/11/2013 12:00:00 PM - Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi announced today that the first segment of the Louvre Abu Dhabi's iconic dome has been assembled and placed into position on-site, representing a new major milestone and a new chapter in the construction of the museum.
The dome, which has a 180-metre diameter and includes 10,800 square steel tubes, will feature 85 segments, which will be assembled on the museum's construction site prior to being lifted into place atop of 120 temporary support towers by a specially-commissioned crane. A 600-tonne capacity crane will be used to construct the sections of the dome closest to the outside edge. However, once construction on the centre of the dome starts, a 1,600-tonne plus capacity crane will be used to allow the assembly of the pieces efficiently.
His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and TDIC, stated: "It is an exciting time for all of us - where around this time next year, the museum's defining feature - the dome - will be completed. This is a major milestone in the museum's development and a significant step towards realising Abu Dhabi's promise to develop iconic museums in Saadiyat Cultural District, in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and the direction of HH General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces."
The segments which will form the dome, range between 30 to 70 tonnes a piece and are each built from over 100 square steel tubes, five to seven metres in length that are joined together in a repetitive horizontal, vertical and diagonal pattern. In 10 months' time, once the dome is completed, the 120 temporary support towers will be disassembled and removed. The construction of the museum is a sophisticated process which involves a lot of work and precision, where steel segments will be lifted and assembled one by one while work on the galleries and building takes place at the same time.
The construction of Louvre Abu Dhabi's dome will continue in a counter-clockwise direction, closely following the completion of the museum's buildings and the installation of their mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services, along with interior finishes. Over the past six months, Louvre Abu Dhabi has achieved several milestones, including the pouring of over 70,000 cubic metres of concrete across the museum's build-up area and the on-going installation of a double-layer waterproofing membrane below the foundation slab areas of the museum, an area of 64,000 square metres, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Construction work of the museum is currently taking place on the museum's temporary platform, which was built to allow all works to take place in a dry environment. Once completed, the 14-metre deep concrete walls currently built in the sand will be removed to allow seawater to flow in gradually. The museum, which will then be surrounded with water, will give visitors the illusion that it is gently floating in the sea.
Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will encompass 9,200 square metres of art galleries. The 6,681-square-metre Permanent Gallery will house the museum's permanent collection, taking the visitor through a universal journey from the most ancient to contemporary through art works from different civilisations. The Temporary Gallery will be a dedicated space of 2,364 square metres presenting temporary exhibitions of international standards.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi, scheduled for completion in 2015, will be one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District. These feature Zayed National Museum, which will open in 2016, and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, which will open in 2017 - both also designed by world-renowned Pritzker-prize winning architects. All this adds to the appeal of Saadiyat which exudes an exclusive lifestyle through the island's high-end residential, leisure, cultural and tourism facilities.
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