"We have covered it with a large dome, a form common to all civilizations. Made of a web of different patterns interlaced into a translucent ceiling, the dome lets a diffuse magical light enter the space in the tradition of great Arabian architecture." Quote from Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
[Images of Jean Nouvel's design for the Louvre Abu Dhabi from the dezeen article]
And if you think that's amazing - check out the design for the Dubai Opera House which takes this idea somewhere even more ... well ... remarkable ...
DeZeen has a nice page for this project as well.