The Louvre Pyramid. Love it or hate it?
I used to lean more to the latter, thinking the glass and steel structure clashed with the French Renaissance palace architecture surrounding it. It felt disruptive, as if it “shouldn’t” be there.
However, this past weekend after walking through a dust storm in the Jardin des Tuileries, under the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (which from afar coincidentally looks remarkably like Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate), and past the sea of vendors selling €1 Eiffel Tower trinkets, I was thrust into the grand courtyard of the Louvre Palace and found myself looking at I.M. Pei’s pyramid with fresh eyes.
And you know, I’m a convert. The clean lines, clear glass, and shining steel offered a refreshing contrast to the dense, sculpted, impenetrable stone of the palace walls. Maybe all this is a reflection of my getting older (it was my birthday weekend after all). Maybe I welcome disruption ever more into my own life these days. Or, perhaps, it’s just that my tastes have changed.
Regardless, even in the world of architecture, who is to say what should and shouldn’t be?
My question to you: Louvre Pyramid? Love it or hate it?
Panorama: Louvre Courtyard and Pyramid, Paris