While many equate Paris with traditional Haussmann buildings and Gothic wonders like the Notre Dame Cathedral, there is also a long, if not controversial, history of cutting edge architecture in Paris. Who can forget the Centre Pompidou, Grande Arche de la Défense or Pyramide du Louvre? Nonetheless, this love of bold architecture has recently resulted in some beautiful and innovative works. Here is our roundup of the city’s recent avant-garde architecture.
While the last modern architectural addition to the Louvre, I.M. Pei’s pyramid, remains divisive, the equally avant-garde Islamic Art Wing has been warmly received since its opening in 2012. Designed by Italian architect Mario Bellini and French architect Rudy Ricciotti, the highlight of the building is its golden, undulating roof. Made of metal mesh, it looks as if a veil billowing in the wind became frozen in time. The lack of major pillars supporting the massive roof furthers the sensation that the structure is floating. Below is a three-story building, two of which are underground.