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word of the week: LOUVER

2010 March 21
by Caroline Nye Stevens

photographer unknown

LOUVER (also louvre): An opening fitted with slanting fixed or movable slats to admit air or indirect sunlight but exclude rain, snow, and direct sunlight – just like the blinds you likely have hanging in your bedroom. The slats themselves are also called louvers.

This is a picture of the aluminum louvers that make up the modern wing’s “flying carpet“. They admit soft northern light while protecting the upper floor galleries from harsh southern light.

4 Responses
  1. Madeleine Raymond permalink
    March 21, 2010

    Thanks. I needed the information about what type of light is admitted.

  2. Lori McCarthy permalink
    March 21, 2010

    I feel as though I’m becoming more erudite by the week!

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