Louvre Abu Dhabi: sheikh chic throws controversial construction in relief

Photo of Louvre Abu Dhabi: sheikh chic throws controversial construction in relief
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Hovering just above the sandy shores of Saadiyat Island like an upturned colander washed up on the beach, the metallic-domed roof of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi doesn’t give much away from the outside.

A cluster of white blocks spread out from beneath the great cupola like scattered sugar cubes, forming little streets and squares, like a village in the desert. And compared with the garish mirror-glass towers of the city’s seafront corniche across the water, this multimillion-pound palace of culture seems almost modest.

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