UK firm to design Abu Dhabi landmark

UK firm to design Abu Dhabi landmark.
UK firm to design Abu Dhabi landmark
By Angela Giuffrida
Sun 16 Dec 2007 03:22 PM

The UK's Foster + Partners will design the concept for the Sheikh Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi after winning an international design competition.

The company was chosen over four other shortlisted contenders as its submission was deemed as best meeting the requirements for what is set to become a major landmark in the emirate.

The Sheikh Zayed National Museum is to be built within the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island - a natural island that lies 500m offshore.

"We will now begin discussions with Foster + Partners to develop the design of this important national asset," said Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and of Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC).

"There will be further dialogue as we move into a working phase of close engagement between the architects and stakeholders culminating in a final design."

The museum will feature galleries individually devoted to UAE heritage, the environment, the transformation of the Emirates, unity through leadership, and education. It will also include an education centre, theatre, shops and a café and a visitor services area.

Other designers involved in developing Saadiyat Island's cultural district include Frank Gehry for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Jean Nouvel for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zaha Hadid for the performing arts centre and Tadao Ando for the maritime museum.

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