Foster + Partners won the 2012 international design competition for MuRéNA Museum, "le Musée Régional de la Narbonne Antique", in partnership with experts in museum design and installations from Studio Adrien Gardère. The building will contain Roman artefacts found in Narbonne, a town in southern France which was a major port in Roman times.
MuRéNA Museumwill become part of the network of archaeological museums of the Languedoc-Roussillon region once the construction work which began in November 2015 is completed.
The building is organised on the basis of a regular rectangular floor plan , and its prefabricated concrete roof has a large overhang providing shelter and shade for the pathways and public plaza in front of the museum. The architects organised the exhibition routes by distinguishing the spaces open to the public from those intended for restoration work and research into the artefacts. Narbonne has an important ancient heritage including not only objects but buildings and archaeological sites, such as a collection of 1000 tombstones found in the 19th century in the city’s medieval walls.
Design: Foster + Partners
Location: Narbonne, France
Images courtesy of Foster + Partners, model by Aaron Hargreaves