The first part of the exhibition is divided into four macro areas, with the exhibits on display in 23 rooms arranged chronologically to show the evolution of the history of art and mankind, from ancient times right up to the period of globalisation. In the centre of the second part there are works of art from the French museums, while the final part of the journey is dedicated to contemporary art.
For Mapei Technical Services working inside the Louvre Abu Dhabi proved to be quite a challenge due to the complexity of the project and the extreme atmospheric conditions.
Mapei Technical Services worked very closely with the client, the designers and contractors to help solve the various problems as they came to light and find the best solutions. Mapei was contacted to propose high quality systems to prepare the substrates and to install marble slabs.
One of the biggest challenges was when the flooring contractor put in a request for products suitable for installing marble in a vast space inside the museum that had both dry areas and wet areas. In fact, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has been built on an island, with all the problems inherent with this type of location.
The marble slabs had to be installed on a variety of complex substrates, each with its own particular requirements: precast concrete elements, steel and glass panels. Also, certain areas were prone to large deformations, whereas in other areas the marble had to be installed on surfaces which were then to be immersed.
This is why Mapei Technical Services carried out a series of surveys and an in-depth analysis of the surfaces, so they would be able to supply the most suitable products.
The products recommended in this case were KERAFLEX MAXI S1 high performance, deformable cementitious white adhesive and KERAPOXY ADHESIVE two-component, epoxy adhesive, while for grouting the joints the products chosen were KERAPOXY acid-resistant epoxy mortar and ULTRACOLOR PLUS cementitious mortar. The sealants MAPESIL LM and MAPESIL AC were used to seal expansion joints.
Another problem Mapei Technical Services was presented with was the request for a coating product suitable for a service tunnel which had to be cleaned on a daily basis with abrasive equipment and washed down by hydro-blasting with aggressive industrial detergents. Certain areas of the damaged concrete substrate were initially repaired with ADESILEX PG2 two-component, thixotropic epoxy adhesive and MAPECOAT W SP two-component epoxy paint in water dispersion was applied thereupon.