Arab World Institute - Rue des Fossés Saint Bernard, Paris, France

Jean Nouvel
Date Built
1981 to 1987
Rue des Fossés Saint Bernard
This is apparently the building which brought Jean Nouvel to prominence as an architect and it was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.  The side of the building that faces the Seine curves gently around the corner on to Quai Saint-Bernard.  Behind, the huge glass wall is covered with a metallic screen.  A closer look shows that this is much more than a decorative facade. 

Each of the 240 panels of the screen contains a motor-controlled aperture which opens and closes to control the flow of light and heat into the building.

The building is home to the "Institut du Monde Arabe" or "Arab World Institute" and houses a museum, library, auditorium, restaurant, and offices.  The roof has a terrace that offers amazing views of the Ile de la Cité.