Foster + Partners’ Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi has announced it has signed an agreement with the British Museum to provide advice and counsel on its development
Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the developer, made the announcement today (27 July) and said the British Museum will serve as a consulting partner to Zayed’s operational body and will advise on a full range of issues, from design, construction and museography to educational and curatorial programming as well as training.
TDIC’s announcement will come as a much needed boost to the British Museum, following the shock rejection by Camden Council of the Rogers-designed £135 million extension on 23 July.
The museum – which will comprise of five themes: environment, heritage, unity, education and humanitarianism – is scheduled to open in 2013 and will form the cornerstone of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District and Foster’s design will be unveiled in Abu Dhabi in 2009.
‘We warmly welcome this opportunity to work with TDIC on a project of profound significance to the people of Abu Dhabi and the UAE and of extraordinary interest to the international community,’ said Neil MacGregor, director of The British Museum. ‘The British Museum has gained hugely through the reciprocal relationships it has formalised in recent years with cultural organisations and governments worldwide. We look forward to forging productive new friendships, and gaining new perspectives on our own collection, through this partnership with TDIC.’