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Arab World Institute

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Jean Nouvel, AS.Architecture-Studio, Gilbert Lezenes, Pierre Soria
location Paris
function culture, library, museum
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In 1980, 18 Arab countries concluded an agreement with France to establish the AWI to spread knowledge and research the Arab World’s language, and its cultural and spiritual values, reflecting the opinion, that the Arab world - its civilization and values, its past and future - needs to be better known and understood in the West. It supplies cultural information in a wide range of media: libraries, electronic databanks, a conventional, glass-case museum, audio-visual displays, and an outreach program of touring exhibits and performances as well. This is not an Arab building, but an occidental one, it’s not pastiche, like the Paris Mosque, but modern and from an urban point of view. The Institute is a hinge between 2 cultures and histories. Certain symbolic items like the “moucharabiehs” whose polygons of varying shapes and sizes, create a geometric effect recalling the Alhambra. It AWI has been conceived equally by Jean Nouvel, Architecture-Studio, Pierre Soria and Gilbert Lezenes.

I love the drawing!
Madrid, Spain 08-Jul-17
archipicture says:
really nice building!
for some more (non-professional) images:
ashlee says:
this building is beautiful anyone have any idea were I can get a real 3d model of this building for school? structural details for revit?
The building with one of the most beautiful inner natural light.
sint-laureins, Belgium 06-Apr-13
Zaeema says:
Can't wait to get my admission in UPMC and see this beautiful building in REAL this RAMADAM! yippeee

Napoli, Italy 30-Sep-11
Moshaikah says:
Perfect design by Haddad
davidb says:
Watch your head on the low ceilings!
Kingswinford, United Kingdom 03-Jan-11
Delly says:
Perfect JOB
my place look
Lisboa, Portugal 01-Oct-10
Lisboa, Portugal 01-Oct-10
Delly says:
Lisboa, Portugal 01-Oct-10
Delly says:
Lisboa, Portugal 01-Oct-10
hendrik says:
This is one of my best favorite architectures !! The facade is simple,but the interior space is...Wow!!marverous!!
KYOTO, Japan 17-Aug-10
sally says:
i lov this site
peteshep says:
Interior shot, on flickr, here:
P :-)
Auckland, New Zealand 09-Feb-10
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Arab World Institute
Rue des Fosses-Saint-Bernard 1
Project is public!
Opening hours Daily from 10:00 to 18:00 except Mondays. Library: 13:00 until 20:00 except Sunday and Monday.
How to get there? Métro : Jussieu, Cardinal-Lemoine, Sully-Morland. Bus : 24, 63, 67, 86, 87, 89
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Completion 1987
Floor area/size 25263 m2
Cost € 52000000,-
Main designer, ArchitectJean Nouvel
ArchitectGilbert Lezenes
ArchitectPierre Soria
Client Institut du Monde Arabe
Project ID 442
Latitude/Longitude 48°50'56N 02°21'23E
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