When the plans were first unveiled, the architects said, the roof resembled a “a scarf floating within the space” — a somewhat loaded description, perhaps, considering that last year the French officially banned full veils in public places. The museum’s “luminous veil,” or “flying carpet” as it has also been called, covers some 30,000 square feet of gallery space on the ground and lower floors. — NYT
Carol Vogel reviews the New Islamic Galleries at the Louvre which consists of ground- and lower-ground-level interior spaces topped by a golden, undulating roof. The expansion was designed by two architects, Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti, who won the international competition to create the new wing in 2005.