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Louvre Pyramid Architecture, Paris

Modern French building in the Capital City design by I M Pei with Ian Ritchie Architects

5 Jan 2011

Louvre Pyramid Paris

Paris Louvre Pyramid images © Steven Powell, 2010
Louvre Pyramid Paris building

Commissioned by the President of France, François Mitterrand, in 1984, it was designed by the architect I. M. Pei..

Louvre Paris building by evening

The daring glass structure, which was constructed entirely with glass segments and metal poles, reaches a height of 21.6 metres (71 ft).

Louvre Paris Pyramid building lighting

Its square base has sides of 34 metres (112 ft) and a base surface area of 1,000 square metres (11,000 sq ft). It consists of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments.

Pyramid Louvre Paris building at night

The pyramid structure was engineered by Nicolet Chartrand Knoll Ltd. of Montreal (Pyramid Structure / Design Consultant) and Rice Francis Ritchie of Paris (Pyramid Structure / Construction Phase).

Inverted Pyramid:
Inverted Pyramid Louvre Paris interior
photo from Ian Ritchie Architects 2007

Location: centred in the courtyard of this world-famous art gallery, in central Paris, France

Louvre Museum Pyramid architect – I. M. Pei.

Louvre Paris Pyramid building in France
photo © Jocelyne Van den Bossche from Ian Ritchie Architects 2007

The pyramid and the underground lobby beneath it were created because of a series of problems with the Louvre’s original main entrance, which could no longer handle the large number of visitors on an everyday basis.

Expressed Pyramid:
Paris Pyramid by I. M. Pei. I.M. Pei Building in Paris
photos from Ian Ritchie Architects 2007

Visitors entering through the pyramid descend into the spacious lobby then re-ascend into the main Louvre buildings.

Louvre Museum Sculpture Court:
Museum Sculpture Court Paris Louvre Museum Sculpture Court Sculpture Court by I M Pei with Ian Ritchie Architects
photos from Ian Ritchie Architects 2007

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Musée du Louvre Pyramide
photo © Adrian Welch

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