The Abu Dhabi museum will be the only Guggenheim museum in the region and will be larger than any existing Guggenheim worldwide. Located at the tip of Saadiyat Island, the Museum is conceived as a series of galleries loosely arranged around an open-air courtyard. Two large warehouse-like galleries spill outward from there, interspersed by several cone-shaped exhibition spaces that are tipped on their sides and open to the surrounding landscape. The design draws inspiration from its immediate context. The cone-shape galleries, derived from traditional Islamic wind towers, will draw air up through the interiors, cooling them in the summer heat. Their curved forms evoke traditional Bedouin tents.
As the Executive Architect, Adamson Associates (International) Ltd. - Abu Dhabi was responsible for the coordination of all the consultants’ work from 2008 to 2010 (through to the completion of the Schematic Design Phase).