I had the great pleasure of being in Abu Dhabi on the opening day of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Nouvel’s work was the reason I could not wait to be in that space. I was overwhelmed by the beauty he had created in his design of the roof and the spatial connection with the desert and the feelings that are desired when you come in from the hot and sandy desert. It is mind boggling how a French man can create a space in the middle of the Arabian desert that houses art and yet creates this feeling of an oasis.
There are a few buildings in the world that touch the soul and spirit of the people who walk in them. Mastery in architecture is when you create spaces that meet their function and comfort the user while achieving the highest form of beauty.