Carré d’Art-Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nîmes

Carré d’Art-Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nîmes
Carré d’Art-Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nîmes

This is the name given to the contemporary art museum located next to the famous Maison Carrée de Nîmes, designed by another great architect: Norman Foster.

With this project, Nîmes considered the construction of a space that would accommodate contemporary artistic manifestations, something it lacked, and a way to reactivate its cultural scene.

View of the Maison Carrée and the Carré d'art © Bitácora Almendrón

However, the existence of one of the greatest works of classical antiquity, the Maison Carrée, posed a problem, since it was difficult to raise a new building in front of this construction. The solution came through the recreation proposal, in an almost identical way to the Roman temple itself, of its proportions.

The result is a building organized on four floors (two of them basement) built with glass, following a principle of diaphanousness and light, characteristic elements of Foster's work (for the problem of incidence of the strong light in conservation filters will be used). The interior is provided with modular diaphanous rooms and a skylight that penetrates to the bottom through the stairwell.

In this space, the various spaces destined to cover the city's deficiencies are combined; there is a museum (opened in 1993), a large media library and adocumentation Center. In addition, all kinds of alternative activities are carried out.

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