Video: Constructing The Louvre Abu Dhabi
Footage shows enormous effort to build immense structure
Time lapse footage from the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, has captured the amazing construction work undertaken so far at The Louvre Abu Dhabi.
The building inspired by the orginal in Paris is set for completion by the fourth quarter 2015.
The first completed gallery, which is one of the largest within the permanent galleries, comes a year after mobilisation on the ground had started.
With a transparent glass roof that allows natural light, visitors of Louvre Abu Dhabi will feel the “rain of light” effect across most of its galleries, which comes as a result of the interlaced steel cladding dome of the museum.
TDIC said a significant amount of work is well underway for the construction of the museum’s interior walls, along with the installation of mechanical plant, water pipes, electrical cabling and security systems.
With more than 5,300 workers on site and around 117,000 cubic metres of concrete poured so far, the construction work on the galleries is progressing in parallel with the installation of the museum’s prominent dome, which features 85 steel segments that weigh between 30 to 70 tonnes each. To date, 20% of the dome’s structure has been put in place, with the completion of the full structural steel frame set for September 2014.