Last Miracle of Modern Architecture: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
On the edge of Abu Dhabi, workers poured the foundation of a building recently designed to become one of the architectural wonders of the modern world: the Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi worth 800 million euros. Planned to open in 2012, the museum will be the fifth to be added to “galaxy Guggenheim” worldwide.
The museum, designed by American architect Frank Gehry is an experiment that combines initiative and innovation in a futuristic air project, meant to be one of the wonders of the modern world. The building aims to redefine the experience for visitors entering the museum and has an innovative vision of contemporary architecture in a desert landscape.
The building has 450,000 square meters and is located on Saadiyat Island. Surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Persian Gulf, and construction is designed to help keep water out of the way beaches. Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be the future cultural center of Saadiyat Island. Inside the museum will be one of the Louvre Museum Emirates, with a dome-shaped “hole” that art galleries will form an ancient city, a National Museum in the form of winding storey pontoon sea and Maritime Museum.