The Pathe Foundation Building Structure Merges Modern and Historical Design

Designer Renzo Piano's eight year task of redesigning the location of the Pathe Foundation in Paris has finally come to an end with a rather unusual building structure that replicates the curved aesthetic of seashell. The design of the new Pathe Foundation creatively brings together modern and historical design.

Piano was tasked with designing a building for the Pathe Foundation that would work in the tight space of a historical Parisian neighborhood. Piano created a building made from large silver panels stacked together to create a large protruding dome. The curved facade of the building looks like a spiraled seashell that gives the structure's interior a beautiful glass ceiling.