In comparison to the Louvre's classical architecture, the pyramid was based on a more modern design approach — the space frame
. A space frame is a truss-like structure composed of interlocking struts that form a geometric pattern. Requiring few interior supports, these structures offer a lightweight and elegant solution in structural engineering. Additionally, due to their inherent rigidity, space frames are able to span large areas while maintaining a strong resistance
The Louvre pyramid is just one example of a building based on a space frame design. Many other structures, such as the Eden Project in England and Globen in Sweden, have also used a space frame as the basis for their construction. With its common application in modern buildings, it is important to study how loads affect the stability of such structures.