Pascall + Watson Architects has been appointed by French architects Ateliers Jean Nouvel to work on the prestigious Louvre project in Abu Dhabi
The firm has been brought on as ‘architect of record’ and as local architects for the project, which is being developed by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC).
The building, which is scheduled to open in 2012 has an estimated budget of £110 million and will comprise a 24,000 m2 complex. It forms part of the $27 billion tourist and cultural development project on Saadiyat Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
The island also includes a Guggenheim, maritime museum and a performing arts centre designed by Zaha Hadid.
Planning for the Louvre Abu Dhabi follows a 30-year cultural accord sealed in 2007 between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France.
The accord allows the Abu Dhabi Louvre to borrow masterpieces from major French museums, including the Louvre in Paris, for a period of six to 18 months.