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Art space to feature tech and architectural works on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Cultural District

Article-Art space to feature tech and architectural works on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Cultural District

Louvre Abu Dhabi - Saadiyat District
Expected to be completed in 2024, teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi is a multi-sensory artwork experience that combines architecture and technology and is the latest offering of the Saadiyat Cultural District.

The 17,000sqm (GFA) teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi building is being built following a partnership between the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT) and Miral, alongside teamLab, a globally acclaimed, interdisciplinary Tokyo-based art collective, known for their unique artistic vision.

The building is expected to be a technological and artistic space with installations that will be unique to Abu Dhabi, created through an extensive experimentation process.

Offering an immersive and innovative experience, teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi will sit alongside Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and other major landmarks comprising the Saadiyat Cultural District, adding to the area's creative and artistic offering.


The concept of teamLab's will enable visitors to experience environmental phenomena, which offers a new perspective on the world.

According to a statement, the adapted and unique architecture, conceptualised by teamLab and realised by Abu Dhabi-based MZ Architects, plays an important role in providing the artworks with an environment to evolve freely and organically, with the experience being unique to each visitor.

“Having created art that is part of the collection of global institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, amongst many others, teamLab's artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects are   creating an original concept and unique teamlab Phenomena Abu Dhabi experience for the UAE capital,” according to the statement.

Toshiyuki Inoko, Founder of teamLab, said: “It is a great honour for us to be able to open teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi in the Saadiyat Cultural District of Abu Dhabi, a world-leading, future-focussed city. At teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi, visitors will be immersed into a world that organically changes and evolves through the participation and actions of the people in it, and it is precisely this physical experience that can expand our senses of value. The future is built upon the grand sum of people's creations. Curiosity drives people towards a deeper understanding of the world and leads to creativity. We believe that imagination decides the direction of this creativity. Our hope is for teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi to create opportunities for curiosity and imagination to be born.”


Over the last few years, Abu Dhabi has aggressively grown its cultural offering with upcoming museums: Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi.

Through its museums, cultural centres, and educational institutions, the Saadiyat Cultural District District will boast one of the highest concentrations of cultural experience in the world. The area is already home to Louvre Abu Dhabi, the globally celebrated universal museum, and Manarat Al Saadiyat, a cultural centre that contributes to the region's vibrant arts scene.


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