|Project Name:||Centre Pompidou-Metz|
|Project Location:||Metz, France|
|Alucobond Materials:||Alucobond Pure White|
|Year of Completion:||2010|
|Architect:||Shigeru Ban + Jean de Gastines|
|Photography:||Shigeru Ban + Jean de Gastines, Alucobond Europe, Roland Halbe of Artur Images|
Japanese born, internationally renowned architect Shigeru Ban is known for his humanitarian efforts and unique modernist design. Recent recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, Ban recognized for the use of innovative materials construct temporary shelters and churches for communities in disaster zones. His projects promote environmental awareness and minimalism in design.
Shigeru Ban, in collaboration with Jean de Gastines, constructed one of the most unique art museums in the world. The architects were torn between popular design theories seen in cultural museum construction that argue whether the extravagance of the museum’s design can take away from the art featured within. With a strong regard for the artists and artworks, the architects established a design that would allow optimal space for display on the interior and an exterior that would leave “a deep impression with visitors.”
The museum is quite large featuring three galleries, a Creation Studio, restaurant, auditorium and office space. High ceilings were constructed and allowed artworks that Paris museums couldn’t fit in their galleries.
The timber roof in its hexagonal formation connects the galleries together, forming a cohesive design. According to the architects they were inspired by an Asian weaving technique seen in the creation of hats and baskets. The intricate wooden design composed of hexagons and equilateral triangles instilled national pride, as the French believe hexagons are symbolic of their country’s geographical shape.
All of the materials used on the project; light laminated timber, white Alucobond aluminum composite panels, white walls, and pale painted concrete, allow the art to emerge as the primary focus of the design. As seen in organic architecture, the building’s design in every attribute from the materials chosen to the design itself serves a complementary functionality to the art featured within.
information courtesy of Alucobond International
DISCLAIMER: The following listed samples are not necessarily what was used in the project above. Instead, we have suggested several similar looking finishes below.