The pyramid at twenty

It's been a success:
When I.M. Pei's glass pyramid was first designed for Paris' ancient, beloved Louvre, critics called it "a gigantic gadget" and "a despotic act." Now, two decades later, the French love it — and the gleaming three-story piece of glass geometry has become a destination of its own.
It is, in my opinion, a wonderful use of architecture. It compliments the ancient grandeur of the older building, both reaching back to a more ancient architectural source and bringing a modern frisson to the whole affair -- in other words, it creates a dialogue between the past and the present that echoes the very ideals of a museum, and moreso since it transformed a formerly ugly, dead space into something alive and vibrant. Bravo, indeed.