Concrete is at the heart of the under-construction Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and right now, it can only be placed at night because of weather conditions. Reinforced-concrete foundations, ceilings, floors and walls will become the support for the exterior frame dome, but must also keep the eventual contents of the museum in tip-top shape and keep the underground seawater out to prevent corrosion. This article looks at the frenetic building pace and outlines how the engineers have "devised a complex, multilayered system" to meet the challenges.

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