Designed by Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will open in 2025
The long-awaited Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi by architect Frank Gehry is scheduled to open in 2025, nearly 20 years after plans were unveiled and 14 years after construction began.
The Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi is currently under construction on Saadiyat Island, a cultural district under development off the coast of the UAE capital.
The 42,000-square-meter museum will become the largest of the Guggenheim’s four outposts, surpassing the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which Gehry also designed.
“It’s really exciting to see this project enter this new phase,” Jerry said.
“I hope that the people of the Emirates will embrace this building and that this work will remain a landmark for the country for many years to come.”
Plans for the Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi were first revealed in 2006 and work on the site began in 2011, but was then put on hold for several years.
News of its opening date, revealed by the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, comes two years after the Guggenheim Foundation confirmed the resumption of construction work.
Gehry’s design for the museum consists of a series of galleries of varying heights, shapes, and characters.
It will also contain an arts and technology center along with a children’s education facility, archive, library and conservation laboratory.
Once completed, the museum will be operated by the Guggenheim Foundation but owned by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Development and Investment Company, which commissioned the project.
It will form part of a larger complex of arts and cultural institutions on Saadiyat Island aimed at establishing Abu Dhabi as a major cultural destination.
Other buildings on Saadiyat Island include Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi, which was the first location of the Louvre outside France.
The Zayed National Museum designed by Foster + Partners is also under construction there, along with a performing arts center designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, a maritime museum designed by Tadao Ando, and the Abrahamic Family House designed by Adjaye Associates.
In 2014, a competition was held to design another Guggenheim museum on the Helsinki waterfront. The winning design was a set of charred wooden pavilions linked by garden courtyards by Moreau Kusunoki Architectes.
However, the museum plans proved controversial, with some critics calling it a frivolous project. Two years later, it was canceled after the Finnish government refused to allocate funds.
Elsewhere, Gehry recently completed The Tower, a stainless steel-clad art building for Luma Arles. Upon its opening, the architect told Dezeen that it was designed to fit both the ancient Roman city and today’s environmental agenda.
“I’m responding to every damn detail of the time we live in,” the 92-year-old said at the time.