Guggenheim Digital Art Pavilions

Dubai, UAE
Asymptote's design two cutting-edge art pavilions for the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island is centered about two discreet and connected pavilions that are specifically designed to showcase virtual and augmented reality artworks, making them a unique addition to Guggenheim's collection of art spaces.
Design Concept
The pavilions are designed as state-of-the-art shell structures, which employ ETFE pneumatic skin technologies for their cladding systems. This innovative material allows for a lightweight and transparent enclosure, which creates a visually stunning effect for visitors.
First Paviliont
The first pavilion is designed as a spherical shell with a diameter of 30 meters. The pavilion's interior is divided into several exhibition spaces, each with its unique atmosphere and lighting. The spherical shape of the pavilion provides a sense of immersion as virtual and augmented reality artworks surround visitors.
Second Pavilion
The second pavilion is designed as a series of interconnected shells, creating a complex yet cohesive space. The pavilion features a central atrium, which allows visitors to explore the various exhibition spaces linearly. The surfaces are arranged to create a continuous flow of play, leading visitors through the pavilion.