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The Institut du Monde Arabe Responds to Daylight

 - Sep 19, 2010
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If you merely glance at the Institut du Monde Arabe, you would think that this structure was special. The exterior is beautifully intricate, a stunning Parisian take on Islamic culture. Yet those walls are more than just artful interpretation, they are also as high-tech as they come.

Designed by Jean Nouvel, the Institut du Monde Arabe's walls actually dilate in response to daylight. This allows the building to control thermal exposure and internal lighting. Consisting of 30,000 mechanical apertures, this is certainly one complex structure.