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Louvre Pyramid Paris : Architecture

IM Pei building Paris, France – most famous building by this architect

20 Oct 2011

Louvre Museum Pyramid

Musée du Louvre – Pyramide, Paris Ie

Architect: I.M. Pei

Photographs, taken in October 2011

Building exterior:
Louvre Pyramid Paris building

Hanging structure from the interior:
Louvre Pyramid Paris building interior hanging structure

Louvre Pyramid Louvre Pyramid
photographs © Adrian Welch

Pyramide du Louvre / Louvre Pyramid
Location: Paris Ie
Date: 1989

Louvre Pyramid architect : I.M. Pei & Partners [Pei Cobb Freed & Partners], Architects

Louvre Museum Pyramid
photograph © Adrian Welch

The Louvre Pyramid design by IM Pei was one of the most controversial of President Mitterrands´ Grand Projets in Paris.

Entitled Le Grand Louvre, the design completed in 1981 was for a glazed pyramid located in the centre of this courtyard to help improve access and circulation into these famous Parisian galleries.

The pyramid is 20.6 m high (about 70 ft) and its base has sides 35 m long (115 ft).

Louvre Pyramid
photograph © Adrian Welch

Louvre Pyramid Architect : IM Pei

The building was commissioned by the President of France François Mitterrand in 1984.

The structure was formed with glass segments. It consists of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments.

The rigging holding the pyramid together was built by Navtec Rod Rigging of Littleton, MA, USA.

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

Louvre Pyramid engineer architect : Ian Ritchie

I M Pei & Partners were established in 1966, key buildings by this practice include: Javits Convention Center Building and the Johnson Museum of Art, Miho Museum in Japan, the MasterCard Corporate Office Building in Purchase, New York, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, USA, and the National Gallery of Art East Building in Washington, D.C. and the Bank of China Hong Kong

Musée du Louvre / The Louvre Museum
Paris Ie
Date: 1876;
Design: various architects

Louvre Museum Louvre Pyramid Paris
photographs © Adrian Welch

Louvre Pyramid
Louvre Pyramid Building Louvre Pyramid France
photographs © Isabelle Lomholt, 1989

Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

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