Mohamed Somji

In 2013, construction began on the Jean Nouvel, Hon. FAIA–designed Louvre Abu Dhabi, and tomorrow, the museum opens to the public. The museum, which will feature a permanent collection as well as loans from 13 partner French museums, is composed of 55 buildings topped by a 590-foot-wide steel-and-aluminum dome—punctuated in a pattern to filter light and shade visitors as they navigate the “museum city.” “It is rather unusual to find a built archipelago in the sea,” Nouvel writes about the project. “It is even more uncommon to see that it is protected by a parasol creating a rain of light.”