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Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

In 2006, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation made an agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to build a Guggenheim Museum – the world’s largest to date. Auerbach Pollock Friedlander started work with Gehry Partners on the project in 2008 providing full-scope audio-video and theatre consulting through the bidding phase for the Museum’s 350-seat auditorium, 75-seat orientation theatre and accommodations for special events within multiple public spaces.

Designed to support a wide variety of performance styles and presentation formats, the audio-video systems within the auditorium include sound reinforcement and playback system, 35mm/16mm film and digital video presentations, and back-of-house technical communication systems.

Accommodating special events in the Museum’s lobby atrium and terrace spaces poses a unique challenge. The atrium soars some 30 meters above the floor and is traversed by a series of bridges. These areas will be provided with temporary systems infrastructure to support special public events, banquets and corporate sponsored gatherings that are planned as part of Guggenheim Museum’s day-to-day programming.

Design Architect: Gehry Partners, LLP
Acoustics: Arup Acoustics
Size: 40,000 M2
Completion: 2017 Estimated