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Architects: Bien Urbain – atelier d’architecture
Client: MAD (Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris)
Project team: Bien Urbain – atelier d’architecture, Studio Adrien Gardère, ACL conception lumière, Betom ingénierie
Design team: Bien Urbain – atelier d’architecture, Studio Adrien Gardère
Photographer: Luc Boegly
Situated in the very centre of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the exhibition rooms devoted primarily to fashion are located in the Rohan Wing of the Louvre running along the Jardin des Tuileries and the Rue de Rivoli.
The preservation of architectural heritage, including its sometimes changing perception, was a major concern. The building was stripped down to its original structure. The walls, floors, and ceilings were left in their original state, simply stabilized with a sealant to eliminate further diffusion of dust. So, the project is essentially minimalist: no linings, no coverings, no false ceilings, nothing superfluous.
A geometrically free-standing staircase links the two levels in one unifying movement.
Modular showcases are installed between each buttress such that the layout can be changed on demand; the museum can, therefore, open as much towards the exterior (Rue de Rivoli/Jardins des Tuileries) as to the interior.
A «display engine» has been developed which allows future exhibition scenographers to plan their displays without constraints, according to their needs.