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Work progresses on Louvre Abu Dhabi

Waterproofing of basement areas and dome's pillars takes place at iconic project site

Work progresses on Louvre Abu Dhabi

Work on the Louvre Abu Dhabi completed a major milestone this week with the waterproofing of the museum’s basements, which are below sea level and will be used to transport and store the building’s masterpieces.

All of this work is taking place in the museum’s basement levels; located seven metres below sea level where all the artwork for the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s will be transported through a dedicated and highly secured tunnel that leads to the various galleries located within the museum, the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) said in a statement.

“We are delighted with the rapid advancement that has taken place in the museum’s construction during the 600,000 working hours logged so far, including the completion of two sections of the lower basement foundation slab,” said Ali AlHammadi, deputy managing director of TDIC.

“As the museum’s completion date nears, we anticipated more important milestones being achieved, which will highlight the significant efforts made by everyone involved in development of this iconic project.”

Around 1,400 construction workers are working on the site and the next step is to build the four foundations piers which will hold up the museum’s 180 metre-wide iconic dome, which is expected to weigh more than 7,000 tonnes.

All of this construction work is taking place on the museum’s temporary platform, which was built to allow all works to take place in a dry environment. Once everything is complete, the 14-metre deep concrete walls currently built in the sand will be removed to allow seawater to flow in gradually.

The museum, which will then be surrounded with water, will give visitors the illusion that it is gently floating on the sea once it opens in 2015 in the Saadiyat Cultural District. 

Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will encompass 9,200 square metres of art galleries. The 6,681-square-metre gallery will house the museum’s permanent collection.

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