The Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) is an organization formed by 18 Arab countries and France to highlight cultural, artistic and scientific achievements of the Arab world through research, education and exchange. Sitting right on the Seine, this modern structure contains a library, gallery, auditorium and offices.
Jean Nouveu along with Architecture-Studio won the design contract in 1981. The most striking feature is a huge glass wall fitted with photosensitive metal apertures that open and close to control the amount of light (and heat) entering the building. My Parisian French teacher passionately despised all modern additions to the city's landscape with this building as an exception. She approved of the innovative reimagining of traditional patterns found in Islamic architecture through this unique shutter system.