Detail View: Archivision Base to Module 9: Pei's Pyramids

Preferred Title: 
Pei's Pyramids
Alternate Title: 
Pyramide du Louvre
Image View: 
View looking east along the north wall of the court, depicting the main pyramid at the right
Creator: 
I. M. Pei (American architect, born 1917)
Location: 
site: Musée du Louvre (Paris, Île-de-France, France)
Location Note: 
Cour Napoléon
Date: 
1989 (creation)
Cultural Context: 
French
Style Period: 
Modernist, Modern
Work Type 1: 
pyramidal roof
Work Type 2: 
lobby
Classification: 
architecture
Material: 
glass; steel rods and cable; granite
Technique: 
construction (assembling)
Relation Work: 
part of Musée du Louvre
Subjects: 
architectural exteriors; Pyramids; plaza
Description: 
Of all the Grands Projets in Paris, none created such a stir as the Pei Pyramids in the courtyard of the famous Louvre Museum. Spectacular in concept and form, they provide a startling reminder of the audacious ability of modern architects to invigorate and re-circulate traditional architectural forms...The main Pyramid is basically a complex inter-linked steel structure sheathed in reflective glass. In fact it is an entrance doorway providing a long-overdue entrance portico to the main galleries of the Louvre. As one descends into the interior entrance foyer, the dramatic nature of the intervention becomes apparent. The main Pyramid, which certainly disturbs the balance of the old Louvre courtyard, is countered by two smaller pyramids, which provide further light and ventilation to the subterranean spaces. p. 407 (Source: Sharp, Dennis; Twentieth century architecture : a visual history, London: Lund Humphries, 1991 (0853315981))
Collection: 
Archivision Base Collection
Identifier: 
1A1-PI-PL-A3
Rights: 
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.