No, it's not a flood at Abu Dhabi's Louvre
ABU DHABI'S Louvre museum has been surrounded by sea water in a major step towards completion of the ambitious project, the developer said last week.
The contractor has begun removing temporary sea protection walls used during the main construction phase, allowing the "integration of the sea" with the museum, Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) said.
"This delicate process is the result of months of planning and preparation to ensure that the inflow of sea water takes place in a controlled manner around and within strategic places in the museum," said TDIC chairman Ali Majed al-Mansoori.
Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and built at a cost of half a billion euros (S$761 million), the Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature 9,200 sq m of gallery space.
The iconic structure is perforated with designs that will project light patterns in the shape of palm trees onto the exhibition space below.
A water system, derived from ancient Arabian engineering, will flow between the enclosed galleries and outer areas of the museum.
TDIC has not yet announced an opening date.