The new Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will function as a shielding parasol from the scorching sun, as an oasis, when its completed by 2012. The web-patterned dome creates a beautiful play of light as the sunlight filters as through branches and leaves on a tree. Natural light like no one has seen anywhere but in nature. The space will house art from France’s the Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay and Versailles. Voilà.
The architect is the famous and of course French, Jean Nouvel. If I was to build a house tomorrow, I definitely would incorporate this kind of lighting either inside or outside the building even though l’m living in Scandinavia. While dreaming, why not install an organic focal point in the ceiling by John Carpner Design AB. The cost of living outside inside? $2.800 (20.000 SEK).
Funny fact: Jean Nouvel is a favorite of architect buff Brad Pitt’s who named a child after him, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.