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Jean Nouvel’s Stunning Museum Façade Dilates to Let in Daylight

Posted By Andrew Michler On September 17, 2010 @ 6:30 pm In Architecture,Daylighting | 5 Comments

Arabic museum, Jean Nouvel, Paris green museum, facade aperture, smart facade, building natural light [1]

France’s longstanding relationship with Islamic culture is embodied in Jean Nouvel [2]‘s stunning Institut du Monde Arabe [3]. The visionary design surprised the 19 donor nations when they first saw the concept in the 1980′s. Far from a traditional austere building, the institute features radical high-tech walls emblazoned with mechanical apertures that respond to sunlight by narrowing to reduce solar exposure or dilating to allow daylight [4] to suffuse the interior.

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The unique windows of the Parisian museum are reminiscent of the intricate Arabic patterns seen in many buildings — but with a twist. The windows are composed of metal eyes that dilate according to outdoor light conditions. The interior is host to a changing and complex lighting effect that layers daylight from the 30,000 apertures [6]. Since the kinetic wall is facing the south, the building controls thermal exposure and interior lighting [7] with a single system.

+ Institut du Monde Arabe [3]

+ Jean Nouvel [2]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/09/nouvel-ed02.jpg

[2] Jean Nouvel: http://www.jeannouvel.com/english/preloader.html

[3] Institut du Monde Arabe: http://www.imarabe.org

[4] daylight: http://inhabitat.com/daylighting/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/09/new-57.jpg

[6] apertures: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=162025

[7] interior lighting: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=daylighting

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