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Carré d'Art

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Foster & Partners
 
location Nīmes
function exposition space, library, museum
contributed by MI_MOA

The Carré d'Art successfully connects ancient and modern architectures. It also provides a powerful catalyst for reinvigorating the social and physical fabric of a city. The site faces the Maison Carre, a perfectly preserved Roman temple. The challenge was to relate new to the old, but at the same time to create a building that represented its own age with integrity. This building not only contains magazines, newspapers and books, but it is also a gallery for painting and sculpture. It has nine storeys, half of which is sunk into the ground. The lower levels house archive storage and a cinema, while above a roofed courtyard forms the heart of the building, exploiting the transparency and lightness of modern materials to allow natural light to permeate all floors.

 

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Carré d'Art
Address
Place de la Maison Carree 16
France
http://www.carredart.org/
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