Sunday, June 5, 2011
l'Institut du Monde Arabe Museum
l'Institut du Monde Arabe Museum was my focus for today. I really enjoy the building which was designed by Jean Nouvel and constructed in 1987. This building uses unique, electronically controlled apertures to control light penetration. These apertures are built into aluminum frames which provide full coverage of the glass windows. This gives the building a looming appearance due to the vast amount of metal used during the construction. If one is not surprised by the exterior, the interior will come as a surprise. Walking into the lobby is like walking into into a futuristic alien contraption. The ceilings are approximately seven feet tall but due to the large open area nearby they appear to be significantly higher than they actually are. The structure of this building is designed using a vertical grid. All the wiring and mechanical parts of the building are designed to be showcased. It is a strange feeling to ride a mostly glass elevator and look down upon the counterweights and pulleys move as one accelerates through the space. Because of the feeling of vertical space and mechanical interaction this building is one of the most intriguing structures I have ever seen.