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  1. These prominent steel structures alone may appear complex, but the points of intersection between the various systems lie beneath the artificial mound that conceals the concrete podium’s existence. Several galleries alongside five hanging 2,000 m² gallery pods encircle the main lobby area in celebration of Sheikh Zayed and the UAE.
    Aesthetically, the aim was to combine contemporary architecture with the curves and swirls of traditional Arabic design. We enlisted our complex geometry team to aid the design of the free-form wings in particular, manipulating the form using a range of parameters to produce an optimised structure, which maximised its aerodynamic stability and pinpointed areas of weakness. Fabricated steel sections were placed vertically to shape the frames, connected to the circular hollow sections which formed the curved arches.

    In a practical sense, all elements of the building were centred on the need to efficiently provide daylight and cooling in a harsh, arid environment. The wings each serve a separate gallery pod below, but there is no direct connection, allowing a free zone around the circumference through which light can pass. The arches and columns of the podium are carefully moulded to direct the sunlight, providing areas of shade and illumination.

    An innovative air conditioning system also makes use of the ground temperature, drawing fresh air through ground-cooling pipes and then releasing them into the museum’s lobby. As the steel heats up in the sun, the wings begin to act as thermal chimneys and a passive stack effect draws the air currents up through the building.


  2. So whilst nothing much seems to be happening with the construction of the leisure elements of Saadiyat Island for the time being there's lots of new developements going up with housing. Not a huge surprise as it happens a lot but hopefully this interest in the luxury housing market will boost the area and progress the building of the other areas.


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  4. Zayed National Museum is due to open in 2021:

    The Zayed National Museum, which has been designed by those clever UK architects, Foster and Partners, is on track to open to the public in 2021.

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhab said that construction of the museum is making significant progress.

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    Construction of Zayed National Museum has finally commenced (Q1 2020 satellite pics):

  7. March 2019 update:

    The campaign was revealed on Tuesday by Saif Ghobash, undersecretary at the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi.

    Mr Ghobash confirmed that major Saadiyat Island projects including the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim were still in progress.

    “All I can say now is that with Louvre Abu Dhabi done and completed a year ago, all the other projects have been put into full gear,” he said.

    Plans for the Zayed National Museum were announced in 2007, with a design inspired by a falcon’s feathers completed by the British architect Norman Foster. But the opening has been pushed back several times.

  8. Saadiyat museum updates:

    Louvre Abu Dhabi: completed

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    Guggenheim & Sheikh Zayed National Museum: delayed for a decade already:

    Photo source (2010):

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