Final outer piece of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s jigsaw canopy put in place

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Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to be constructed at the Saadiyat Cultural District, witnessed on September, 27th the placement of the final piece of outer cladding for the museum’s iconic dome, in the presence of the Tourism Development & Investment Company’s Chairman, His Excellency Ali Majed Al Mansoori,  and Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. This piece is part of the dome’s pattern, which is made up of eight layers of cladding. These layers consist of 7,850 star-shaped pieces of aluminium and stainless steel, of various sizes - the largest of which measures 13 metres in diameter and weighs 1.3 tonnes. The outer cladding consists of 4,481 stars which is now 100% complete and installed. Major work is expected to start in the next few months including laying the stone flooring of the museum, installation of the display cases for the galleries, and the completion of the museum’s admin building. Photos : courtsey of TDIC.