Artemide illuminates the majestic Louvre Abu Dhabi thanks to starchitect Jean Nouvel’s studies on the relationship between light and architecture, as Carlotta de Bevilacqua explains

Louvre Abu Dhabi [Photo Mohamed Somji]
Artemide is the author of the lighting design project of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi, which celebrated its first anniversary with over one million visitors. The fruitful collaboration and experimentation between the Italian company and French starchitect Jean Nouvel has also led to the new version of the Cata projector by Carlotta de Bevilacqua, CEO of Artemide.

Louvre Abu Dhabi [Photo Mohamed Somji]
“Illuminating this museum required a projector capable to adjust the light-to-shadow ratio, as well as to integrate into the large roofing and produce a well-defined flow of light on the works on display – said de Bevilacqua. The performance requested by Jean Nouvel for the museum was very specific and should satisfy these requirements. We promptly realized that Cata was the ideal product for this project because (…) its ability to support different optical units allows it to obtain the necessary lighting performances.” Indeed, the Cata projector can adjust to the continuous changes in the natural light that penetrates through the huge dome, providing flexible, controlled, and punctual illumination of works of broadly different dimensions, materials, ages, and styles.

The Cata projector, designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua, in the version designed to integrate with the large roofing of Louvre Abu Dhabi [Photo Michele Nastasi]
Artemide was also chosen to illuminate public shopping areas with the catadioptric version of the Cata projector, service areas with the Dioscuri lamps, and offices with the iconic and very functional Tolomeo. [Text Laura Galimberti]

Classical works displayed at Louvre Abu Dhabi [Photo Michele Nastasi]
You can read the full article by Laura Galimberti in DDN #243, November 2018, in the Extraordinary Middle East section