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Saturday 11 May 2013

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi 'on hold'

The developers in charge of the controversial build have confirmed the cancellation of their construction contracts.

A housing village for construction workers on Saadiyat Island the location of the new Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi
A housing village for construction workers on Saadiyat Island the location of the new Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi Photo: AP

The museum on Saadiyat Island, designed by Frank Gehry, is one of the biggest building projects in the Middle East. At 30,000 square-meters, it would be the world’s largest Guggenheim museum, intended to put the Emirates on the world culture map.

The plans were announced in 2006, with the architect’s brief being to “push the boundaries of his own architectural practice” – in the words of the crown prince – “and set the benchmark for museums”. Work on the site began in 2009.

Last week it was reported that the government-owned Tourism Development and Investment Company had recalled the tender for the concrete works, and returned bids to contractors. And this weekend the TDIC confirmed that the museum’s 2013 opening date had been put back, due to the “immense magnitude” of the work.

In March this year the building of the museum was criticised by a group of artists who objected to the living and working conditions of the labourers on the site. However, speculation about the building delay is focussed on financial uncertainty in the region.

“It is going ahead but slower,” the Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong told the Art Newspaper. “But I don’t always know everything that is going on there.”

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel, will apparently be finished in time for its 2013 opening.

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