Building of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum has achieved its main highlight with the installation of the final piece of a 7,000-tonne dome.
The puzzle-shaped dome, the museum’s most famous feature, made up of 85 large steel parts, each weighing up to 70 tonnes.
Though the dome rests on 120 temporary support towers, as soon as they are detached it will lie on four stable supports.
The dome will be part of the much-heralded ‘rain of light’ effect in the museum, with star-shaped aluminium inserts.
The chief executive officer at the Tourism Development & Investment Company, Ali Al Hammadi stated that the work was succeeding as designed.
The finishing of the plan is extremely complex and one that is unparalleled in the architectural world.
To this point, the structure of all the museum galleries has been finished structurally, together with the tangible work for the museum’s underground levels.