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The view of the sea on the other side of the museum. As you can see, the unusual dome is something like an umbrella above. The museum is very spacious with many places to relax outside the exhibition halls.

Jean Nouvel created the ‘universal’ museum’s unique perforated dome and 21st century take on Arabic architecture. He explains how he sought to ‘translate and define the local culture’

The architect says he wanted to create a museum that would take the form of “a welcoming meeting place” that would “translate and define the local culture”, and so looked to Arabian architectural elements including a dome.
The dome came out of a desire to create a sense of protection, but also becomes a link that defines public territory,” Nouvel says.
It also operates as a functional cover. The complex geometry of eight layers of interlocking steel and aluminium creates more than 7,800 “stars” that filter sunlight, creating a microclimate and reducing the temperature by about five degrees Celsius.
Nouvel is especially pleased that the four struts supporting the 180-metre-diameter, 7,500-tonne dome are largely invisible. “Can you find them?” he asks with undisguised glee as we walked along one of the narrow paths between the art buildings leading onto a vast plaza. []

TSee in the large format

I also like this one but it is a bit dark.

On the map

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13019 W: 139 N: 33696] (153724)
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