Institut du monde arabe à Paris
by Lacroix Pierre
The Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA), was constructed from 1981 to 1987 . Architect Jean Nouvel.
The North facade follows the curve of the river Seine.
The opposite facade is rectangular. Above the glass-clad storefront, a metallic screen unfolds with moving geometric Arab motifs. They are actually 240 motor-controlled apertures, which open and close every hour. They act as brise soleil to control the light entering the building.
Cultural center and museum, the IMA is devoted to Arab culture.