The Louvre Pyramid’s Modern Aluminium Structure

The architect M. Pei designed the Louvre Museum pyramid which complements the Louvre Museum in Paris. It is linked to projects established during the French Revolution. Once the pyramid was completed in 1989, it did not only become a symbol of Paris, but also an inviolable landmark.

The Louvre Museum and the pyramid complement each other in some way even though the modern style of the pyramid juxtaposes the older style of the museum. This beautifully designed pyramid reaches a height of 21.6 metres and has a metallic stainless steel designed structure that supports 70 triangular and 603 rhombus-shaped glass segments. All together, the glass weighs a total of 95 tonnes. 50 tonnes of stainless steel and aluminium frames contribute to the 200 tonne structure.

The pyramid structure is “structurally glazed” which means that glazed transparent parts are attached to the metal frames. The impeccably fitted frames, made from aluminium alloy, complement the glass perfectly.

The use of aluminium

Being lighter than other metals, aluminium was the best choice for the pyramid structure. As it is also resistant to weather corrosion and does not require painting or other treatment, it was the ideal and hassle free option for such a grand, outdoor structure. Therefore, the carefully crafted structure was comprised of Aluminium frames and special glass allowing for a light, beautiful design that has become a famous symbol to the people who live in Paris.