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View from the roof of the Institut du Monde Arabe

View from the roof of the Institut du Monde Arabe, France

The Arab World Institute, in French the Institut du Monde Arabe, is an organization founded in Paris in 1980 by 18 Arab countries with France to research and disseminate information about the Arab world and its cultural and spiritual values. Inside are a museum, library, auditorium, restaurant, offices and meeting rooms. Visible behind the outside glass wall, a metallic screen unfolds with moving geometric motifs. The motifs are actually 240 photo-sensitive motor-controlled apertures, or shutters, which act as a sophisticated brise soleil that automatically opens and closes to control the amount of light and heat from the sun entering the building. The mechanism creates interior spaces with filtered light — an effect often used in Islamic architecture with its climate-oriented strategies. It is also beautiful. The restaurant is on the roof and has marvelous views over Paris. On this occasion, it gave us a view of the newly-burned Notre Dame just after they had put a temporary canvas cover on the roof to protect the inside.

Photo by Beausoleil

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