Abu Dhabi Louvre museum launches tender for building contract
Source: BI-ME with Reuters , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Tue March 23, 2010 10:02 pm

UAE. Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) said on Tuesday it has launched the main tender competition for building a branch of the Louvre museum on its flagship development Saadiyat Island.

"The main contract works, the dome, mechanical, electrical, is tendered today," Felix Reinberg, director of projects delivery at TDIC's museum division, told reporters on the sidelines of a tour of the island.

Reinberg said the tendering process would close in June.

Abu Dhabi's cultural focus is centred on the Saadiyat Island development which includes the first branch of the Louvre outside of Paris and the world's largest Guggenheim Museum. Appropriately, Saadiyat translates as 'Island of Happiness.'

The dramatic Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi will be the largest Guggenheim at 30,000 square metres and will be built at an estimated cost of US$400 million. Gehry's previous best-known works include the world-renowned titanium covered Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain

Saadiyat Island's cultural district is one of the emirate’s planned anchor tourism attractions and is expected to attract 1.5 million visitors a year once fully completed by 2018 and will be home to around 160,000 people.

When the project was first announced, the island was expected to attract investment of more than US$27 billion

TDIC commissioned French architect Jean Nouvel, who was awarded the 2008 Pritzker Prize for his creative experimentation, to design the island's Louvre building, which will be shaped like a floating dome.
 
His works include the much acclaimed Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) in Paris, which utilises aspects of Islamic architecture and, like the Louvre itself, is one of the French capital's cultural reference points

Reinberg said TDIC had shortlisted between 10 and 20 companies for the construction of the museum.

The museum is due to open in September 2013, Reinberg said.

The island's cultural district will house the three museums, as well as a Performing Arts Center that was designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.

 

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