Louvre Abu Dhabi

Project description

The Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, an affiliate of the renowned Louvre Museum in Paris, is located on the Saadiyat Island. In November 2017 the museum opened its doors to the public after ten years of planning and construction time. Designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum building is a fitting venue for the world-class art collections to be hosted in the years to come.

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 allows the sun to filter through, much like rays of sunlight passing through palm branches in an oasis.

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mageba supplied 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 of the University of California, San Diego – one of the world’s foremost institutes for testing of this kind.


Testing of an isolator at the SRMD testing facility of the University of California, San Diego


A RESTON-PENDULUM bearing (type Mono) as fabricated, showing its spherical sliding surfaces

En bref


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