At 178 meters in diameter, the open dome construction - made of steel profiles - is the size of five soccer fields. The dome touches the underlying building at only four points, giving it a floating appearance.
The top and bottom layers of the dome are covered with four levels of cross-shaped, differently sized aluminum profiles each, that form lattice structures with oriental patterns. By twisting and shifting the patterns, the clear geometry dissolves and transforms the construction into a seemingly chaotic tangle, similar to a starry sky.
This special use of the natural light (“Rain of Light”) was also the inspiration of the French star architect Jean Nouvel. He skilfully staged a mood that reminds of an oriental bazaar.
For achievements in connection with the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Waagner-Biro was awarded the European Steel Building Award in September 2017.