Agence NC’s Nathalie Crinière has won a French national competition to create the exhibition design for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2012.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of five high-profile projects planned for Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island Cultural District. Other projects include a performing arts centre designed by Zaha Hadid, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum designed by Norman Foster.
Crinière will design the permanent collection galleries at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, as well as the museum’s lighting, graphic identity and directional signage.
Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du Louvre will all contribute artwork to the new museum’s permanent collection.
Crinière won the all-French competition against six other consultancies, which were invited by Agence France-Museums to take part in the design pitch.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a joint project by the governments of France and Abu Dhabi, which have also commissioned architect Jean Nouvel to design the building.
Agence NC has previous experience in exhibition design and interior architecture, including a recent project to design the Marie Antoinette exhibition displayed at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais.