LOUVRE MUSEUM PAVILIONS
Paris 2022

Studio Malka Architecture has been selected to create 15 modular pavilions inside the prestigious historical collection of the Louvre Museum in Paris.
In order to develop adequate micro-architectures within the Museum, we have proceeded to a systemic analysis.
The arch in all its forms and variations has finally stand out as the Louvre architecture’s common denominator. Indeed, the arch connects the dots of the various periods of the buiding’s architecture. It is also linked directly to the Museum’s collections as the arch is showcased in the Mesopotamian section, but also in the Assyrian, Egyptian, Etrurian and Roman collection amongst many others.
Regarding its shape and position, the Louvre Pavilions will fit naturally in Paris Royal axis, a tribute to the perspective of L’Arc de Triomphe and La Grande Arche de La Defense. It creates a new connection to Paris’s architectural major landmarks such as the arcades located on the rue de Rivoli, la Seine’s iconic rivers bridges or la Tour Eiffel just to name a few.
Resolutely timeless and yet contemporary, this 21st century’s arches are in direct continuity to those built in Le Louvre since the 12th century, enlightening the Louvre’s fundamental DNA.
Thanks to the different positions between the modules which can be connected face to face, back to back and even at right angles, the Louvre modular pavilions can adapt perfectly to the geometry of the different salons of the Museum.
The combination of these modules generates multiple and various geometries, such as successions of arches, vault, domes, alcoves or even star vaults of different heights.
The acoustic system of the arches works like a noise trap, as it absorbs the sounds inside the arches and considerably reduces the sound impact of the room in which the modules are installed.
These micro-architectures are built exclusively from various Parisian museums ‘s stage design leftovers. Entirely prefabricated in workshops, they will only require the assembly of the different parts between them on site, and generates a waste free and silent construction site.
In a world in pandemic crisis, it is difficult to design a public pavilion without any protocol.
No one can predict the impact of virus mutations, uses and regulations for thoses areas in the next following years. Also, in this so-called “after-world”, we must be able to prepare for various possibilities and create suitable scenarios in order to be able to welcome users in the best possible conditions.
This is also why our reception pavilions proposal are not only modular but also mobile; Thus, their positioning and combinations may evolve depending on the different requests, but also at the rate of peak periods, like celebrations or school holidays.
The possible modular combinations enable to create endless possibilities to ensure social distances by simply moving and rotating the modules according to needs and uses, as Denon Salon’s Pavilion proposal for exemple is a few meters from the overcrowded Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

  • Client: Etablissement Public du Musée du Louvre
  • Type: Mobile & modular pavilions
  • Surface; Variable
  • Location: Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli Paris 1 -France
  • Team: Studio Malka Architecture architecte mandataire, Peutz acousticien, CB économie, Aartil éclairage, Citae bet accèssibilité
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