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Nouvel's Arab Institute in Paris Gets Camel-Hair Tent Extension

For a new exhibit called "Contemporary Morocco" at Paris's famed Arab World Institute, French architecture firm Kilo erected a traditional Moroccan tent just outside of the glittering glass and metal museum that first catapulted its designer, French architect Jean Nouvel, to international stardom. The 5,382-square-foot structure, covered in over 7,000 square feet of camel and goat wool, pays homage to the nomadic heritage of southern Morocco. And when installed right in front of Nouvel's building, which dons a supremely polished façade marked by geometric patterns common in Arabic architecture, Kilo's textile-based installation makes for a stunning contrast.

Under the nine-peak tent is an open-air marketplace type of space that will be selling leather, jewelry, wooden goods, and other works by Moroccan designers and craftspeople. Both the exhibit and the tent will be open to the public until January 25, 2015.

· Kilo pitches giant camel-hair tent outside
Jean Nouvel's Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris [Dezeen]