Paris is famous because of its historical buildings and architecture, but Paris is also a multicultural and divers city with striking modern architecture. In Paris I eat Lebanese, go to the African markets or visit the teahouse at the mosque of Paris.
One of the most unique modern buildings in the heart of Paris, just south east of the Notre Dame, is the 'Institut du Monde Arabe'. In fact you have a splendid view at the Ile de la Cité and the Notre Dame from its rooftop.
The institut du Monde Arabe is built in the 80s in a cooperation between France and 19 Arab States with the aim to increase the cultural exchange between France and the Arab world.
Did you see what I see ? No dont worry I dont " see dead people " . hahaha ...I am talking about the windows on the Du Monde Arabique building. Its so cool .Idol and sculptures of humans and naimals are not allowed in Islam, this building shows a splendid display of geometric design which is equally magnificient,
When I took a closer look at the interesting design of the geometric design that wrapped the whole building , I notice that " these patterns can actually move (The hole can can actually open and shut by means of some electronical device )...it would be cool to see the display but we didnt have luck that time ....
A view of Paris
Visiting this place has got two benefits , on is to see the beautiful and creative building and second is to admire the view of Paris for free ...just go up to the highest floor and enjoy Paris ..there is even a cafe there !
'Institut du mode Arabe' is a remarkable building designed by 'jean nouvel'. One of the walls is made of 1600 irises who filter the light. They open and close just like in the intro of the James Bond movies. ;-)
Walk around the building...discover for yourself...
This cultural center opened in 1980.France and 20 Arabic countries worked together so that the western world could laern more about the Islamic world.It was designed by Jean Nouvel who combined modern materials with tradional Arabic architecture.
This museum is dedicated to the arabo-islamic art and civilisation, from its origin until nowadays. Numerous art items, Koran calligraphies, models, collection of contemporary arab art. Building built along the Seine in 1987 by Jean Nouvel and Architecture Studio. Very modern architecture which illustrates the arab and western civilisations.
Visit the Arab World Institute.
Most striking is the design of the windows (not the ones facing the Seine, but the ones designed to react to the sun). There are 240 of them and Jean Nouvel designed them in 1988. They act like a camera aperture. It has a great roof terrace (floor 9 - it costs nothing to go up and there is a public restaurant/ cafeteria there, too). The museum has three floors of pleasing exhibits. There is also a good bookshop on the ground floor. It gives a great view of Notre Damefrom the roof!
The Institute of the Arab world is one of the museums to be missed under no pretext at the time of your visit in Paris.
Its architecture speaks already. One as of his arrival is transported in another world.
There is inside a splendid museum on the Arab world, a library, a theatre, a restaurant...
Institut du Monde Arabe (More pics are in Travelogue ^^)
Designed by French architect - Jean Nouvel - this glass, aluminum, and cement creation succeeds in harmonizing modern needs with the purest Arab tradition in a light beautifully filtered by the typical motifs of the Musharabiya.
The Institut du Monde Arabe is fascinating and is beautifully laid out. Afterwards you should go down to the Mosque for a glass of mint tea.