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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Department of Islamic Arts – Louvre Museum in Paris, France by Mario Bellini Architects

 
September 28th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mario Bellini Architects

The Cour Visconti will not be covered but will, in fact, remain visible’’: this is the architectural decision declared by the architects Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti in order to achieve a “gentle and non-violent integration” of a decidedly contemporary architectural design within a historical place.

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  • Architects: Mario Bellini Architects
  • Project: Department of Islamic Arts – Louvre Museum
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Client: Musée du Louvre
  • Budget: 40 milion €
  • Competition: 2005
  • Total Area/Surface/Volume: 6.800 Sq m.
  • Architect: Mario Bellini Architects and Agence Rudy Ricciotti Architecture
  • Design Team: Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti with Giovanna Bonfanti (chef du projet)
    Giovanni Cappelletti, Maurizio Di Lauro
  • Project Team: Dario Varetto, Macginnis Cocivera,  Frederique Pyra
    • 3D: Luca Bosetti, Alessandro Zufferli; Photoshop: Roman Boucher
  • Awards: International competition: winner project

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  • Consultant: Structure and services,
    • Cost control: BERIM
    • Roof structure: Studio Majowiecki
    • Facades engineering: Andrea Compagno
  • Competition: EXHIBITION DESIGN: 2005

    • Exhibition Design: Mario Bellini Architects and Renaud Pierard
    • Exhibition Design Team: Mario Bellini and Renaud Pierard with Giovanna Bonfanti (chef du projet)
  • Design Development: Exhibition Design : 2008 – expected 2012

    • Exhibition Design: Mario Bellini Architects and Renaud Pierard
    • Exhibition Design Team: Mario Bellini and Renaud Pierard with Giovanna Bonfanti (chef du projet)
    • Exhibition Project Team: Egle De Luca, Edy Gaffulli
    • Consultant: Lighting design: L’OBSERVATOIRE 1

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The collections will be displayed over an area of roughly 3,500 metres square, subdivided into only two levels. The first, at courtyard level, will house works from the 7th to the 10th centuries while the second, in the basement, or rather the “new” ground floor, will exhibit works from the 11th to the 19th centuries along with the prestigious collection of carpets.

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The new museum areas will be covered by a “Golden Cloud” which, emanating a diffused glow, will float airily over the museum exhibition space. Thanks to this “luminescent covering” it will be possible from inside the new museum area to see the facades of the courtyard outside. From inside the exhibition rooms, the visitor will be able to admire the play of folds and undulations in the covering which will add a poetic dimension to the overall effect.

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Natural light will be diffused by the covering “Veil”, the skin of which will be treated so as to graduate the intensity and avoid glare. In high summer, the level of light in the exhibition spaces will not exceed the lux level required for the proper conservation of the artifacts on display and the comfort of visitors.

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On the lower level, it will be possible to catch a glimpse of the “Veil” from a number of points thanks to openings in the floor above along the perimeter of the courtyard, thus confirming the “Veil” in its role as unifying element between the collections

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Image Courtesy © Mario Bellini Architects

Image Courtesy © Mario Bellini Architects

Image Courtesy © Mario Bellini Architects

Image Courtesy © Mario Bellini Architects

Image Courtesy © Mario Bellini Architects

Image Courtesy © Mario Bellini Architects

Image Courtesy © Mario Bellini Architects

Image Courtesy © Mario Bellini Architects

Image Courtesy © Mario Bellini Architects

Image Courtesy © Mario Bellini Architects

Image Courtesy © Mario Bellini Architects

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