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Grand Musée d’Art Nantes
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes Architecture, France – design by Stanton Williams Architects
27 Feb 2017
Musée d’Art Nantes
Design: Stanton Williams Architects
Location: Nantes, Northern France
Stanton Williams? transformation of Musée d’arts de Nantes is set to complete in June 2017
Stanton Williams? ?48.8 million transformation and extension of the Musée d?arts will open to the public in June 2017. For this landmark cultural project, the London-based architecture practice has updated the historical site ? an exemplary expression of the city?s civic and cultural pride and one of the largest Fine Arts Museums in France outside Paris – adding a contemporary layer to an exceptional accumulation of historical monuments. This new design blends a finely tailored museography around the collection with contemporary architecture – transforming the introverted image of the former Musée des Beaux-Arts into a vibrant, democratic and welcoming contemporary space that is open to the city and its people. de Nantes
The Musée d?arts de Nantes incorporates several key extension buildings to the original 19th Century ?Palais?, and 17th Century Oratory Chapel, with the addition of a 4,000 sqm contemporary art exhibition space. An auditorium, library, new educational facilities, archive, and external sculpture court have also been created. A fully integrated landscape design will lead the way to the museum from the surrounding Place de Oratoire and Botanical Gardens, creating new access routes and enhancing the museum?s renewed central role in the urban fabric of the area.
The extension is divided into four levels of art galleries. Layered one above the other, each level is linked by broad clefts that convey natural light throughout. These bridges and landings are new public routes that allow visitors to navigate the complex trajecto...