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Nathalie Criniere and The Louvre Abu Dhabi

What a beautiful concept!

The French firm Nathalie Crinière has been chosen to design the Louvre Abu Dhabi – one of five major institutions being formatted for Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island Cultural DIstrict.  Pritzer Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel’s existing work will be combined with the new works from Nathalie Crinière.

From Design Boom‘s website:

nouvel’s fantasy like concept consists of a web dome ceiling and large water pools complementing
the white walls and open spaces. the 26,000 sq m nouvel building will join the likes of the guggenheim abu dhabi museum, by frank gehry; a performing arts center, by zaha hadid; and a maritime museum, designed by tadao ando to create the saadiyat island cultural district, planned to be the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions. the louvre abu dhabi is due for completion in 2012-2013.

Look at these images.  This is some innovative and beautiful work.  It makes me want to be a daylight designer wholly.

Beautiful.