LOUVRE PYRAMID

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Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre) is a large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese architect I.M. Pei, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) in Paris. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. Completed in 1989, it has become a landmark of the city of Paris.

The structure, which was constructed entirely with glass segments, reaches a height of 21.6 metres (71 ft); its square base has sides of 35 metres (115 ft). It consists of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments. The construction of the pyramid triggered a considerable amount of controversy because many people felt that the futuristic edifice looked quite out of place in front of the Louvre Museum with its classical architecture.

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"I believe that architecture is a pragmatic art. To become art it must he built on a foundation of necessity". {Ieoh Ming Pei}

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