Travelogue / Tunisia-Paris / When Jean Nouvel meets Zaha Hadid

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Architecture / News / Travel

Architectural photographs of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France. The main building, designed by Jean Nouvel and inaugurated in 1987, features a façade of diaphragms – similar to those in photo lenses – that respond to the sun by contracting and expanding depending on light levels; across the parkette, a (con)temporary building commissioned by fashion brand Chanel and designed by Zaha Hadid is all topography and curves, futuristic in its inherently incomprehensible yet harmonious form, deposited gently on the site. Having loved the play between these two buildings, I thought I would share these few photographs.



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