The design competition for the Cité du Corps Humain in Montpellier has been won by a team including the architectural studios BIG + A+Architecture + Egis + Base + L'Echo + Celsius Environnement + CCVH. The museum pays homage to the city’s long medical and humanistic tradition, for the Montpellier school of medicine dates back to the 10th century. BIG’s project will allow visitors to discover the human body not only from the scientific point of view but from the artistic and social points of view as well, with cultural initiatives, performances and workshops.
The building is due to be constructed by 2018 in Parc Marianne, and will become the point where the city and the park come together, joining nature and architecture. Its organic shape is a result of the need to construct 8 large spaces on a single level to optimise routes. The architects designed the spaces by weaving them together and shaping them like 8 fingers close together. The result is a unitary construction composed of 8 pavilions with clear glass façades and roof gardens which permit on-going visual dialogue and contact with the surrounding environment.
Location: Montpellier France
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