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BUILDING
 
 
Zayed National Museum
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DESIGNER
 
 
Norman Foster

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DESCRIPTION
 
General background
Zayed National Museum Abu Dhabi Foster + PartnersThe museum is intended to be a monument and memorial to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding president of the United Arab Emirates.

Five principal galleries and three further spaces will contain exhibitions devoted to the story of the Sheikh Zayed, the history of the UAE and falconry and conservation.

The Museum also will incorporate an education centre, theatre, shops, café, VIP areas, members’ lounges and performance spaces.
Form and Layout
Zayed National Museum Abu Dhabi Foster + PartnersThe towers are lightweight steel structures, sculpted aerodynamically to work like the feathers of a bird’s wing.

Inside this structure, the gallery spaces are constructed as pods, which will be suspended above visitors passing through the ground floor lobby.

The lobby will be part of an elevated mound that also incorporates a gallery dedicated to the life of Sheikh Zayed, a pavilion for special exhibitions and a falconry centre with live displays.
Landscape
The building will be surrounded by layered planting inspired by an oasis, connecting the Museum to the coast by a garden and a shaded pedestrian route.
Access
Zayed National Museum Abu Dhabi Foster + PartnersEntrance to the Museum is either via an urban connection to the Cultural District or through the garden promenade. The former access is comprised of a bridge and a narrow walkway that widens inside the Museum.

VIP access is via a garden approach, designed to create a sense of arrival for guests and provide access for vehicles.
Saadiyat Island
Saadiyat Island is located 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi and is the largest single mixed-use development in the Arabian Gulf.

Arranged as seven districts, the Saadiyat Island Cultural District will also include the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, as well as a Performing Arts Center and Maritime Museum.

The Zayed National Museum is already under construction and will be the first of the museums proposed for the island.
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MATERIALS
 
steel, reinforced concrete

Steel wing forms

Concrete lobby structure – local sand from Saadiyat Island is used to mimic the colour tones of the surrounding natural landscape.

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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
Zayed National Museum Au Dhabi Foster + PartnersThe galleries are placed at the bases of five solar thermal towers. The towers heat up and act as thermal chimneys to draw cooling air currents naturally through the museum.

Fresh air is captured at low level and drawn through buried ground-cooling pipes and then released into the museum’s lobby.

The heat at the top of the towers works to draw the air up vertically through the galleries due to the thermal stack effect.

Air vents open at the top of the wing-shaped towers taking advantage of the negative pressure on the lee of the wing profile to draw the hot air out.

The lightweight steel structures are anchored by a top-lit central lobby, which is dug into the earth to exploit its thermal properties.

A double skin, comprising an outer façade exposed to the elements and an inner skin that encloses the galleries, promotes air flow between the exhibition and circulation spaces, further reducing the energy required.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
United Arab Emirates [Al-Imarat al-'Arabiya al Muttahida]
Emirate
Abu-Dhabi [Abū Ẓabī]
Town
Abu-Dhabi [Abū Ẓabī]
Isle
Saadiyat Island
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Museums and buildings for exhibitions
Ethnographic museums
Specialized museums

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Public gardens
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Education buildings
Training centres and schools
Commercial buildings
Shops
Bars, cafeterias
Buildings for recreational activities
Auditoriums and music centres
Theatres
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2007 - 2010    
Realisation
2010 - 2012
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CLIENT
 
 
Tourism Development & Investment Company, Abu Dhabi
His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan (Chairman)
Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi (Managing Director)
Lee Tabler (CEO)
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
lotto sq.m. 53,331
gross internal sq.m. 58,698
total built up sq.m. 66,042
total gallery space sq.m. 5,764
public gardens sq.m. 21,439
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STRUCTURES
 
 
WSP/BDSP AKT
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Atelier Dreiseitl
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STAFF
 
Project
Foster + Partners
Design team
Norman Foster, David Nelson, Gerard Evenden, Toby Blunt, Martin Castle, Ross Palmer, Dara Towhidi, Karsten Vollmer
Collaborators
Barrie Cheng, Ho Ling Cheung, Sidonie Immler, Joern Herrmann, Andrew King, Gemma Owen, Jillian Salter, Marilu Sicoli, Daniel Weiss, Bram Van Der Wal, Simon Wing
Architect of record
Planar
Masterplan
TDIC Master Planners
Construction management
AECOM
Lighting design
Claude Engle
Facades consultant
Lerch Bates
Aerodynamics and weather resistant consultant
RWDI
Consultant for energy and environment
Transsolar
Theatre consultant
Shen Milsom + Wilke
(Auditorium)
Transport planning
Intelligent Space
Museum consultant
The British Museum
Specifications
Schumann Smith
Quantity surveyor
RLB
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