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L'Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris #1

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 15 January 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

L'Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel.

This is the building that made him famous - well, in the architectural world at least :-)

The fascinating bit for me about this building is the moving brise-soleil facade which, rather like the lens of a camera, controls the amount of light entering the building.

If you look closely you can see that some of the squares are more open than others. The centre of each square is just like the aperture blade system of a camera lens.

Here's Wikipedia's description: "The motifs are actually 240 motor-controlled apertures, which open and close every hour. They act as brise soleil to control the light entering the building. The mechanism creates interior spaces with filtered light — an effect often used in Islamic architecture with its climate-oriented strategies."

NIKON D40 1/25 second F/8.0 ISO 200 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie LC from Voiron, France

Nice graphic, an original and beautiful wall

15 Jan 2009 6:04am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Delightful range of tones. best...jerry

15 Jan 2009 6:27am

@ordinaryimages: Thanks Jerry!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Very beautiful lines here. Such strong graphic appeal.

15 Jan 2009 6:40am

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie....I liked the way that the architect had carried the geometry of the building through into the external paving.

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Excellent graphic image and, of course, your composition is perfect.

15 Jan 2009 7:18am

@Suzanne: Thanks Suzanne!....for such a geometric building the composition was surprisingly difficult and I struggled a bit trying to take photos of this building.

I've got a several more photos to follow over the next few days.

Reiner from Brensbach, Germany

The strict geometry comes into its own by the head-on perspective. I really like the composition.

15 Jan 2009 8:03am

sorter from tehran, Iran


15 Jan 2009 8:25am

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Panama City, Panama

Architecture Masterpiece, Nice and balanced composition, giving you a sense of approach to the building and also guiding you to the facade motif!

15 Jan 2009 9:49am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

un endroit fabuleux ! très beau cadrage qui renforce la symétrie et le graphisme de l'ensemble.

15 Jan 2009 10:03am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

very interesting building - I like that you explained how the windows function - very interesting

15 Jan 2009 11:05am

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Perfect simmetry. Excellent tonal range. Graphically strong. Good explanation of the windows. Great great work!

15 Jan 2009 12:26pm

Cheryl from Texas, United States

wow, very nice image and composition. thanks for the explanation, very interesting!

15 Jan 2009 12:46pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very elegant architecture, appropriately captured.

15 Jan 2009 1:02pm

Polydactyle from Montr, Canada

Magnifique! A great architecture shot.

15 Jan 2009 1:17pm

Daniel crystal from Kenmare, United States

looks like a borg cube

15 Jan 2009 2:26pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a brilliant composition Ian!!! I'm stunned!:-)

15 Jan 2009 3:41pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

great shot

15 Jan 2009 6:31pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent patterns.

15 Jan 2009 8:09pm

twodot from New York, United States

Very nice photo.

15 Jan 2009 8:17pm

drum from carcavelos, Portugal

great tonal range
good graphical compo
thanks for the notes

15 Jan 2009 9:17pm

Frida from Sweden

Great composition in this strong graphical image.

15 Jan 2009 10:05pm

zahra from shiraz, Iran

very nice.

18 Nov 2009 1:02pm

1/25 second
ISO 200
30 mm (35mm equiv.)