Paris – Le Louvre – The „Pyramide Inversée“

La Pyramide Inversée – French for the inverted pyramid – is a skylight in the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. La Pyramide Inversée was designed by the architect I.M. Pei and was completed in 1993. It is often thought of as the younger sibling of the famous Louvre Pyramid but turned upside down.

The pyramid marks the intersection of the two main walkways and is a large orientation help for visitors in finding the museum entrance. The upturned base is easily visable from outside. Directly below the tip of the downwards-pointing glass pyramid, there is a small stone pyramid, stationed as if mirroring the larger pyramid above.