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The Lou­vre Abu Dhabi was built to house some of the world’s most fa­mous art and an­tiques, but ar­chi­tect Jean Nou­vel de­signed the mu­seum to be a mas­ter­piece in its own right. It is made up of 55 room-sized build­ings be­cause Nou­vel wanted the mu­seum to feel like a col­lec­tion of in­ti­mate gal­leries rather than one over­whelm­ing space. “I wanted to cre­ate a neigh­bour­hood of art, rather than a build­ing,” he said at the open­ing. But Nou­vel’s great­est suc­cess is the domed roof that arches over the mu­seum. Made from eight lay­ers of in­ter­lock­ing steel, its in­tri­cate lat­tice­work casts dap­pled light into the gal­leries, turn­ing the mu­seum into a calm­ing, med­i­ta­tive space. It’s worth spend­ing a whole day in the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi just to see how the rip­ples of light change from morn­ing to af­ter­noon to evening. Just don’t for­get to look at the art.

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