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An Unusual Museum is Being Built Inside the Historic Building in Paris

An Unusual Museum is Being Built Inside the Historic Building in Paris

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A circular concrete structure will be placed under the dome of a 19th-century building on the project of a famous Japanese architect.

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Famous art collector Fransoa Pino recently presented his plans for what he called “a complete circular museum” that will be found in historic buildings, which had previously been in the function of the Paris Stock Exchange. In order to realize his idea, the collector hired the winner of the Pricker Award, architect Tadao Ando.

Circular Museum

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All changes must be reversible, that is, made so that they can be removed without any influence on the original appearance of the object.

Tadao Ando was in charge to project the concrete construction of the circular shape, which will be located directly below the dome, writes ArchDaily.

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The famous architect’s project involves building a structure of five floors. While the artworks will be exhibited on three floors, the remaining two will be located restaurant, theater hall, and auditorium of concert character.

The newly built space will be removed from the existing walls to create a circular corridor. In the new exhibition space, around 910 square meters, a collection of contemporary works of art will be presented, which includes, among other things, works by Mark Rotk and Damian Herst.

Historic Integrity of the Building

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In order to preserve the historic integrity of the building, all changes must be reversible, ie made so that after a certain period of time they can be removed without any influence on the original appearance of the building. According to an agreement between Ana Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, and Francois Pino, the project will include restoration of the facade as well as interior.

The planned budget for the execution of this facility is about 106 million euros, and the opening of facilities is expected in 2019.

Photo: Collection Pinault Paris