Louvre Abu Dhabi


Project description

The Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, an affiliate of the renowned Louvre Museum in Paris, is currently being constructed on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, with an expected opening date in 2015. Designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum building will be a fitting venue for the world-class art collections it will host.

The building’s most striking feature is its roof, a beautifully designed dome with a diameter of 180 m and a weight of approximately 8000 tonnes. The web-patterned dome will allow the sun to filter through, much like rays of sunlight passing though palm branches in an oasis.

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mageba is supplying four large RESTON-PENDULUM bearings (type Mono) to support the museum’s enormous roof. These bearings are designed to carry vertical loads of up to 33,000 kN each and to allow horizontal sliding movements of up to +/- 315 mm.

The contract to supply the bearings included a provision for full-scale testing to be carried out prior to the use of the bearings in the structure. This testing was successfully completed in 2014, at the SRMD testing facility, University of California, San Diego - one of the world’s foremost institutes for testing of this kind.

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Key data


RESTON-PENDULUM seismic isolators (type Mono) for loads of up to 33,000 kN


Caltrans SRMD, USA




Abu Dhabi


Art museum

Roof span:

180 m


Jean Nouvel