Sunday, June 5, 2011

Institut du Monde Arabe #3

The south facade of the Institut du Monde Arabe is very interesting: It consists of high-tech photosensitive mechanical devices which control the light level and transparency. It interpretes traditional wooden Arab latticework screens into a glass and steel construction with 30.000 light-sensitive diaphragms on 1.600 elements, which operate like a lens of a camera. I took this photo from inside the building. Click here for a video of the production of the diaphragms.

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