With a spectacular extension the Louvre Museum in Paris has created new space for the presentation of Islamic art. Elegantly and apparently floating, the construction made of glass and metal covers the Cour Visconti, as the inner atrium of the Louvre is called. The glass for the total of around 2,000 panes for the roof construction was supplied by Flachglaswerk Radeburg GmbH.
The glass metal construction was designed by the architect Rudy Ricciotti from Marseilles and the designer Mario Bellini from Milan was designed. They emerged victorious from an international architecture competition which had been organized for the project.
Approx. 8,000 tubular steels provide the framework for the total of around 2,000 panes of insulating glass which were all individually produced by Flachglaswerk Radeburg GmbH. This was necessary because all the panes have different dimensions: two-thirds of the plates were produced in triangular form with average dimensions of approx. 120 cm x 120 cm x 170 cm, one-third were more economical four-sided panes with an average edge length of approx. 120 cm.
As glass, a partially pre-stressed solar protection glass with Sunex coating and CEKAL labelling in the form of composite safety glass from the Saint-Gobain company was used.
Source: Saint-Gobain Flat Glass/saint-gobain.de