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Louvre-Lens Museum

SANAA / Imrey Culbert / Catherine Mosbach

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Location

Rue Paul Bertou


Lens

Client/Owner

Region Nord Pas-de-Calais in partnership with the Louvre Museum in Paris

Consultants

  • Landscape Architect: Mosbach Landscape Design
  • Arup
  • Bollinger + Gohmann

Project Status

Built

Year Completed

2012

Size

30,000 sq. meters

Construction Cost

$195,000,000

Type

Cultural

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Project Description

The Louvre-Lens Museum, an outpost of the Louvre in Paris, has opened to the public in the city of Lens, France. A collaboration between Tim Culbert, Intl. Assoc. AIA, (formerly of Imrey Culbert, now principal of New York- and Paris-based Atelier Culbert) and Kazuyo Sejima of Tokyo-based SANAA led to a proposal that beat out 115 other submissions in a 2005 international competition for the museum commission. Their winning proposal was realized with engineering by Arup and Bollinger + Gohmann, and landscaping by Mosbach Landscape Design.
The 30,000-square-meter (322,917-square-foot) museum collects curving pavilions branching from a 4,000-square-meter (43,055-square-foot) central hall across a 62-hectare landscape. Glazed roofs ensure diffuse natural daylighting within the galleries, while the clear glass-and-aluminum façades distort reflections of the museum’s environs. Beneath the central hall lies a storage and conservation area, accessible to visitors, to further increase display of the museum’s collection.
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