French Firm Nathalie Crinire has been chosen as exhibition designers for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, one of the five major institutions being planned for Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island Cultural District. Nathalie Crinire will now combine their design with the existing architecture design by Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. 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 square meter (279861 sq ft) Nouvel building will join the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, by Lord Norman Foster; 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. Louvre Abu Dhabi is currently scheduled for ground breaking later in the year and completion in 2012-2013.
courtesy of world architecture news and designboom