Mecanoo, the Dutch agency that lately dazzled New Yorkers with its $200 million transformation of the Mid-Manhattan Library (alongside Beyer Blinder Belle), is now set to wow museum-goers in Abu Dhabi with its design for the emirate’s forthcoming Pure Historical past Museum Abu Dhabi. Though the 377,000-square-foot new vacation spot was simply formally unveiled by the Division of Tradition and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), development on the mission is already underway at a waterfront web site on the island-bound Saadiyat Cultural District. The brand new museum is slated for completion on the finish of 2025.
Set to showcase among the “rarest wonders of pure historical past ever discovered” and providing guests the possibility to “journey on a 13.8-billion-year journey via time and house,” the brand new museum will likely be flanked by a slew of notable neighbors when it opens its doorways, together with Jean Nouvel’s domed Louvre Abu Dhabi, which debuted in 2017, and a slew of in-progress—or, in some circumstances, at present stalled—establishments together with the Foster + Companions–designed Zayed Nationwide Museum, Adjaye Associates’ Abrahamic Household Home, Zaha Hadid Architects’ Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Middle, Tadao Ando’s Maritime Museum, and, final however not least, the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
As for the starchitecture-stuffed district’s newly revealed pure history-focused museum, Mecanoo has envisioned a sprawling advanced that may rise alongside the shoreline of Saadiyat Island like a colossal rock formation, “reflecting the museum’s objective of bettering understanding of and engagement with the pure world” per the Delft-headquartered agency. “Each component of the design makes use of geometry as an overriding theme, with pentagonal shapes resembling mobile constructions.” Water and vegetation—“potent symbols of life within the desert”—are key components of Mecanoo’s geologic design for the flinty, greenery-clad construction.
In an addition to myriad gallery areas that includes immersive shows that showcase the museum’s formidable trove of pure wonders, the museum is ready to incorporate non permanent exhibition house, a theater, school rooms, and particular occasion venues. Becoming a member of the museum’s public-facing amenities can even be a world-class scientific analysis hub devoted to zoology, paleontology, marine biology, molecular analysis, and earth sciences.
A crowd-drawing spotlight of the museum touted by DCT Abu Dhabi will likely be “Stan” (aka BHI 3033), a 39-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex found in South Dakota in 1987 that ranks as one of many world’s most well-preserved and studied T. rex fossils. Along with the 67 million-year-old predator, one other main draw would be the “extraordinary” Murchison meteorite that crash-landed in Australia within the late 1969. Whereas the scope of Pure Historical past Museum Abu Dhabi will likely be world in nature, it should additionally current “the historical past of life on Earth via an Arabian lens, the place native pure belongings of fauna, flora and the geological historical past of the area will likely be a part of the customer journey.” This, per DCT Abu Dhabi, is a primary for a pure historical past museum.
“Pure historical past has a brand new house in Abu Dhabi,” stated DCT Abu Dhabi chairman HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak in an announcement. “A brand new museum which tells the story of our universe via among the most unimaginable pure wonders identified to mankind. These are awe-inspiring presents from nature that we’re proud to share with the world — unlocking tens of millions of years of information to not solely advance scientific discovery however to encourage our kids to guard our planet’s future.”