Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is finally set to begin construction on Saadiyat Island in the Persian Gulf. First announced in 2007, the Guggenheim project is over a decade in the making for the United Arab Emirates. Situated next to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the sculptural project will showcase art from around the world within a mountain of plaster blocks and self-cooling translucent cones.
Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, told Euronews that project is “on track” during this year’s Culture Summit Abu Dhabi. “We’re on budget and we’re looking forward to the commencement of the building construction soon,” said Armstrong. More than 12 times the size of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim New York, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi does not yet have a specific timeline for construction.