The Louvre is the world’s largest museum and an historic monument in Paris, France. The museum’s collection exceeds one million works of art, of which roughly 35,000 are on display at any given moment across three wings .
L’Observatoire International was commissioned by Dubuisson Architecture to create a lighting master plan for the renovations of the merchandising counters inside of the Denon Wing and the Rotonde de Mars spaces.The Denon Wing is the most crowded of the three wings of the Louvre, home to masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci and the Consecration of Emperor Napoleon 1 by Jacques Louis David. La Rotonde de Mars, once the principal entrance to the museum, is an important node of circulation and point of high interest for its historical ceiling murals and engraved sculptures .
The museum’s merchandising counters museum offer guides, general information and merchandise related to the collections of each space.L’Observatoire sought to make these areas more accessible, convenient and welcoming while maintaining a balanced dialogue by contrasting a contemporary lighting design approach with the historical decorum. Well concealed lighting fixtures inside the display casings cast an inviting amber glow upon artifacts and souvenirs alike. Strategically positioned floor and ceiling lights refracted on the marble floors and columns to highlight the grandeur of the ceiling artwork while simultaneously illuminating the entire space.