Louvre Pyramid Project
Decongesting the main entrance to the Louvre: regaining a museum identity
The space under the pyramid is seen more as an extension of the gallery of the ‘Carrousel’ than as the reception area of the Louvre Museum. Its frank and continuous connection and its growing proximity to the commercial spaces of the Carrousel currently give it a clear reading of its belonging to the spirit of the shopping gallery. The congestion of the main entrance to the museum must be relieved by creating an original museum space directly under the Pyramid with a hybrid character that draws attention to itself and breaks with the commercial spirit of the Carrousel.
Densification and distribution
Our project proposes a space directly under the pyramid that encourages lingering before heading off to the other parts of the museum. The space will be denser, reinforcing the feeling of possession by bringing back a human scale and spreading the flow of visitors more evenly.
Bringing unity to an apparently fragmented area of reflection
Creation of a ‘family’ of reception modules, easily identifiable by their contrasting natures, which visitors will first notice at the reception desk and throughout their visit to the museum.
Respect for Pei's architecture: faithfulness to a spirit of geometric rationality
Rigorous use of the existing framework as the first rule of spatial occupation.
Layout of the interior areas beneath the Louvre pyramid - proposal for visitor services and relays for all of the museum's exhibition areas
France, Paris 1er
6 000 m²
Projectiles, architect + scenograph + museograph (project manager)
Nodesign, digital design + multimedia
Rémi Carlioz, cultural mediation
Philippe Collet, lighting design
Pierre di Sciullo, graphic design + signage
Pierre Tailhardat, audiovisual engineering
Planète acoustique, acoustician
The Louvre museum