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Quai Branly Museum, Paris, France

Bridge-like long gallery

Colored boxes of different sizes suspended from the main exhibition gallery, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Bridge-like long gallery

Low angle view at twilight, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

From bridge-like long gallery to Eiffel Tower

View with white oval-shaped public foyer and the museum administrative offices at twilight, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Southern facade, along Rue de l'Université

Low angle view of the building's ceiling reflecting the garden lights at twilight, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Bridge-like long gallery

View of the colored boxes of different sizes suspended from the main exhibition gallery from below, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

White oval-shaped public foyer

View with southern facade and gardens in the background, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

From bridge-like long gallery to Eiffel Tower

View with white oval-shaped public foyer and the museum administrative offices at twilight, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Gardens' lights

Low angle view of the building's ceiling reflecting the garden lights at twilight, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Bridge-like long gallery

Supported on 26 "stilt" columns to resemble a grove of trees, blending in with the living tree trunks of the surrounding gardens, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Northern facade, administratives offices and Eiffel Tower

Low angle view of the great assemblage of colours, materials, symbol and landscape, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Southern facade and Eiffel Tower

Low angle view against the powerfull lighting of the Eiffel Tower by night, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Northern side of the bridge-like long gallery

Low angle view of the colored boxes of different sizes suspended from the main exhibition gallery at twilight, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Northern side of the bridge-like long gallery

View of the colored boxes of different sizes suspended from the main exhibition gallery with Eiffel Tower in the distance at twilight, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Glass palissade at the threshold of the museum

View by night with the reflection of the Eiffel Tower, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Southern side of the gardens along rue de l'Université

View by night with Eiffel Tower in the distance, 2007, architect Jean Nouvel, 7th arrondissement

Surrounded by trees on the banks of the Seine, the Musée du Quai Branly is a vast showcase for non-European cultures. With its angular forms and protuding, coloured metal boxes, Jean Nouvel's peculiar building is a surprisingly baroque construction, a hotchpotch of visual metaphors: a bridge museum between Europe (the one continent not represented here) and the four other continents that are; a river; a snake; a tropical jungle within an urban one.