Natural History Museum, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Covering an area of more than 35,000 sqm, lead architects Mecanoo were appointed to design the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi to resonate with natural rock formations, reflecting the museum’s goal of improving understanding of and engagement with the natural world.

Conceived and developed by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in partnership with Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of destinations and experiences, the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will be a scientific research and teaching institution and an educational resource for learning about the evolving story of our planet, aiming to ignite a life-long passion for the natural world in visitors of all ages.

In addition to the gallery display areas, the museum will include temporary exhibition spaces for special events and theatre facilities. Enabling and marine works have commenced on the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi construction site.


Image credits: Mecanoo

Plan A’s Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and implement design procedures and protocols for the successful delivery of the project’s design for Concept Design.
  • Ensured Mecanoo’s sub-consultants were collectively working towards the architectural vision, allowing them to concentrate on delivering the creative design to a very tight programme.
  • We identified emerging project challenges by creating and monitoring the key control documents and facilitated the many and varied lines of communication between Client, Operator, Lead Content and Experience Consultant, Local Authorities and Design team.
  • Set up a meeting strategy for the project and participated/recorded actions arising from these each session.
  • Design Programme preparation and monitoring.
  • Monthly Progress reporting.
  • Fortnightly dashboards of urgent actions.
  • Design management documentation including trackers, RFI schedules, Team organisation.
  • Scope and deliverables advice.
  • Project: Natural History Museum, Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • Sector: Culture

  • Architect: Mecanoo

  • Client: Miral

  • Engineer: Arcadis

  • Size: 35,000 sqm

  • Plan A Appointed: Concept Design



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