The micro-city requires a microclimate that would give the visitor a feeling of entering a different world. The building is covered with a large dome, a form common to all civilizations.
Nouvel's scheme for a "classical museum" features a huge, flattened dome over an open-air arrangement of smaller buildings. It's like a village, shaded with a space dome.
Jean Nouvel architects
Abu Dhabi Cultural District
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