Louvre Abu Dhabi

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Given the calibre of the art within, Louvre Abu Dhabi could just as easily have been a grey, featureless box and still draw the crowds. Instead, the intricate, perforated dome designed by Jean Nouvel (Barcelona’s Torre Glòries’ architect) comes very close to upstaging the staggering selection of paintings and objects beneath it. Stunning as it is from afar, it’s not until you step inside that you get to witness the building’s neatest trick: the spectacular light show cast across the museum’s hallways as the criss-crossing canopy meets the near-constant Arabian sun.

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