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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 and is providing theatre and audio-video 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.

The theatrical systems within the auditorium will be designed to support a wide variety of performance styles and presentation formats including master classes, lectures and symposia, 35mm/16mm film and digital video presentations, performance art, drama, dance, recitals, musicals and light opera.

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. Providing event lighting and rigging support that doesn’t compromise Frank Gehry’s epic design required careful planning and coordination. 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