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.