Architect Kengo Kuma has given form and structure to an imaginary museum, the “musée sans murs” conceived by French writer André Malraux. The unique building constructed in Marseilles for FRAC (Fonds Régional D’art Contemporain) has become a landmark in the city drawing attention to contemporary art.
The structure is made up of two separate parts to adapt to the complex shape of the lot. The first volume runs along rue Vincent Leblanc and contains the exhibition facilities and document centre.
The second volume is a tower containing the cafeteria, the auditorium, the teaching workshops and an "urban patio" with a panoramic view of the city and of boulevard de Dunkerque in particular.
The two parts are linked by a series of walkways. The façade covered with semi-transparent glass panels visually connects the volumes to give the complex a unified image.
Project: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Marseilles, France
Images courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates, ph. Erieta Attali, Nicolas Waltefaugle