The Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Value: Estimated to cost US$108 million to build Faithful+Gould was appointed by the TDIC to provide cost management estimating at concept stage for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first universal museum to be built in the Middle East. This is an important step for Abu Dhabi's plan to build a US$27 billion tourist and cultural development on Saadiyat Island, opposite the city. The museum, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel and scheduled for completion in 2012-13, is located on Saadiyat Island and will loan works from the Louvre and other French museums. The Louvre Abu Dhabi will consist of a complex of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals, evoking the image of a city floating on the sea. The complex is covered by a patterned dome, about 180m in diameter, which has been inspired by traditional Arabic architecture. Construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi began in May 2009. 

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