Tuesday, 8 April 2008

day 10

L'Institut du Monde Arabe
L'Institut du Monde Arabe. this building is made up of thousands of tiny metal irises that open and close depending on the light outside. a wall that is constantly moving in response to the sun.

it must have been bitterly expensive to build: thousands of tiny mechanised irises.
but they did it because it's beautiful. the building, and the people who wanted it, are an inspiration.

I hoped it would come….

L'Institut du Monde Arabe

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Blogger spangledrongo said...

Love, I remember the joy of wandering through here with you years ago, and watching those mechanical irises clatter and snick open and tight.

8 April 2008 21:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it is actually my favourite building in Paris. Clare, I love you.
The architect's name is Jean Nouvel. He just got the Pritzer prize last week (the Nobel price for architecture). He is also the architect for the museum of primal arts in Paris (quai Branly), the Agbar the big ligthting building in Barcelona (yes yes the one looking like a giant plug...), the future Louvre in Abu Dabi and the future Paris philarmonic building.
Kisses to all the Aussies and the Frenchies.

PS : and don't forget to claim for free democracy in China when the torch comes to Canberra

8 April 2008 22:58  
Blogger eyefordetail said...

Sublime building; the blog is very Parisian chic, I knew you had it in you!


9 April 2008 01:39  

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