The Cooper Union
School of Architecture
 
 
 
 

GRAND LOUVRE
Paris, France

Comprehensive reorganization and modernization of the Louvre Museum for improved access, new public services and support facilities and a formal reintegration of the museum’s courts and gardens with the surrounding urban area. 1983–95.

Cour Napoléon – Project Planner and Design Architect:
Major components include a glazed pyramid as principal entry to the museum set in a three hectare public plaza on the roof of a new underground building which houses the museum’s main reception area, visitor services, a 420-seat auditorium, temporary exhibition galleries, technical support spaces and new connections to the existing wings of the museum. 62,500 m2. $120,000,000.
Completed 1989.

Richelieu Wing – Phase II, Associate Partner in Charge of Design:
Conversion of the former Finance Ministry into 3 floors of exhibition space (36,000 m2). The project involved demolition of six stories of government offices behind the historic facades, conversion of three interior parking lots into skylit sculpture gardens, creation of a grand escalator court as well as new public circulation and infrastructure. Project Architect and gallery designer for departments of French and Northern Painting, Oriental Antiquities and Islamic Art. $164,000,000.
Completed 1993.

with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

STEPHEN RUSTOW
Professor, Proportional-Time Faculty