Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 194

HOT LIST Bazaar Louvre Abu Dhabi JEAN NOUVEL, ARCHITECT Paris’s iconic Louvre will get a new home in Abu Dhabi this year, along with an identity that’s Emirati both in design and functionality. The man in charge? Jean Nouvel, a Pritzker Prize-winning French architect who has to his credit buildings like the Opera House in Lyon and the Cartier Foundation in Paris. He used traditional elements for the 87,000 sq mts Louvre Abu Dhabi in Saadiyat Island to create a structure that belongs to the country, yet stands out in its modernity. Its best example is also probably the museum’s most striking feature: A geometric lace dome based on the interlaced palm leaves traditionally used as roofing material in the Emirates. The result is a stunning ‘rain of light’ effect depending on where the sun is, and, more importantly, an answer to sustainability. The canopy would help reduce energy consumption, with its light colours and materials that reflect heat. It’s already a work of art—apt for a museum that will house some of the best artworks from across the world. G I V E DESIGN T H E M Jean Nouvel S PAC E Here’s to the mavericks changing the way we look at space, through innovation, conservation, and cutting-edge design By Esha Mahajan Abha Narain Lambah Abha Narain Lambah is on a mission to protect India’s legacy, one building at a time. The Mumbai-based conservation architect hasspent20yearsrestoringheritagelandmarks across the country, from a temple in Ladakh to a museum in Mysore. She took on the mantle to restore Mumbai’s iconic Royal Opera House, which has been closed since 1991 and will reopen later this year; plus, set to give the Nehru Museum in New Delhi a makeover. “These buildings give a setting a sense of identity and individuality,” says Lambah, who holds a masters degree in architectural conservation from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, and has won eight UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Heritage Conservation. That’s true world over, whether it’s the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Manhattan skyline characterised by historic buildings like the Chrysler. “Now all buildings look the same. It’s so important tozealouslyguardtheindividualmarkersleftofacity—they’rewhatlendcharacter.” The process includes mapping the building, surveying every nook and cranny, generating models, and archival research. During work on the Jaipur metro, Lambah discovered photographs from the 19th century at the British Library, which showed that under the road were medieval water bodies that they retrieved through archaeological excavation. Her team also found a brochure on the Royal Opera House, printed at the time of its 1911 inauguration, which helped piece 194 Lambah’s team restored the Art Institute, SNDT Kanyashala, Mumbai, a Grade III heritage building. (Below) The building before repairs. together its origi