Louvre's New Floating, Iridescent Roof


On September 22, a new art gallery space will be unveiled at France's famous Louvre museum that has an incredibly striking feature. The permanent home to the museum’s extensive collection of Islamic art, the new Department of Islamic Arts will be covered with a "Golden Cloud" which will seem like it's floating. The undulating, iridescent roof is meant to be a "gentle and non-violent integration” of a contemporary architectural design within a historical place.

The two-level structure, which will sit in the courtyard of the Cour Visconti, will house works from the 7th to 10th centuries on the first floor or courtyard level, and works from the 11th to 19th centuries, along with a collection of carpets, on the second floor or basement.

According to Architecture Today, the opening of the new gallery space "marks a key moment in the history of the museum and is the first major architectural intervention since IM Pei’s glass Pyramid in 1989."






via [Architecture Today]

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