lunedì 28 gennaio 2019

Nouvel Louvre

A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable
- Louis Kahn

Louvre Abu Dhabi - Architect: Jean Nouvel 


All climates like exceptions. Warmer when it is cold. Cooler in the tropics. People do not resist thermal shock well. Nor do works of art. Such elementary observations have influenced the Louvre Abu Dhabi. It wishes to create a welcoming world serenely combining light and shadow, reflection and calm. It wishes to belong to a country, to its history, to its geography without becoming a flat translation, the pleonasm that results in boredom and convention. It also aims at emphasizing the fascination generated by rare encounters.

It is rather unusual to find a built archipelago in the sea. It is even more uncommon to see that it is protected by a parasol creating a rain of light.

The possibility of accessing the museum by boat or finding a pontoon to reach it by foot from the shore is equally extraordinary, before being welcomed like a much-awaited visitor willing to see unique collections, linger in tempting bookstores, or taste local teas, coffees and delicacies.

It is both a calm and complex place. A contrast amongst a series of museums that cultivate their differences and their authenticities.

It is a project founded on a major symbol of Arab architecture: the dome. But here, with its evident shift from tradition, the dome is a modern proposal.

A double dome 180 meters in diameter, offering horizontal, perfectly radiating geometry, a randomly perforated woven material, providing shade punctuated by bursts of sun. The dome gleams in the Abu Dhabi sunshine. At night, this protected landscape is an oasis of light under a starry dome.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi becomes the final destination of an urban promenade, a garden on the coast, a cool haven, a shelter of light during the day and evening, its aesthetic consistent with its role as a sanctuary for the most precious works of art.

Jean Nouvel

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi


All material in nature, 
the mountains and the streams and the air and we, 
are made of Light which has been spent, 
and this crumpled mass called material casts a shadow, 
and the shadow belongs to Light.
- Louis Kahn

martedì 22 gennaio 2019

Human Equation

Architecture is a small piece of this human equation, but for those of us who practice it, we believe in its potential to make a difference, to enlighten and to enrich the human experience, to penetrate the barriers of misunderstanding and provide a beautiful context for life's drama.
- Frank O. Gehry

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds - Nuremberg 1998-2001 _ Arch. Gunther Domenig - © Fabio Barilari

Gehry Residence - Santa Monica 1978 _ Arch. Frank O. Gehry - © Fabio Barilari

Glass Chapel - Mason's Bend 2000 _ Rural Studio _ Arch. Samuel Mockbee - © Fabio Barilari

Holocaust Memorial - Berlin 1997-2005 _ Arch. Peter Eisenman - © Fabio Barilari

Jewish Museum - Berlin 1989-2001 _ Arch. Daniel Libeskind - © Fabio Barilari

MAXXI Museum - Roma 1998-2010 _ Zaha Hadid Architects - © Fabio Barilari

Mercado de Santa Caterina - Barcelona 1997-2005 _ EMBT Arch. Enric Miralles - © Fabio Barilari

Rehak Kouse - Los Angeles 1990 _ Coop Himmelb(l)au Architects _ © Fabio Barilari

Illustrazioni per l'articolo "Attitudine Critica" pubblicato su AR MAGAZINE n°120 "Attualità Critica di Bruno Zevi. Linguaggi del contemporaneo" - Dic 2018
Illustrations for the article "Critical Aptitude" published on AR MAGAZINE n°120 "Critical Relevance of Bruno Zevi. Languages of Contemporary Architecture.