Musée de la Romanité

Nimes / France / 2016

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On this exceptional site, facing the roman Arenas and amphitheater of Nîmes, crossed by the ruins and the archeological remains of the ancient roman fortifications, the Musée de la Romanité creates a strong architectural dialogue between two architectures separated by over two thousand years of History and facing each other. The project is located on the backbone of the site, on the old limit that used to separate the medieval town from the modern city. On these remains, twenty centuries of urban strata and architecture are overlaid: this is the exceptional heritage of the city of Nîmes. The scale of this project led us to gather multiple skills : the specifications included not only the creation of the museum but also the urban regeneration of the“Grill” plot, the museography, the archaeological garden landscaping and a feasibility study of a congress centre and a hotel. Elizabeth de Portzamparc’s proposal is based on a dialogue made of opposition and complementarity. In spite of their differences, the twenty centuries of History separating the museum and the antique Arenas of Nîmes require the creation of a dialogue. Two geometries, two materials, two shapes interact: to the great stone volume and to the magnificence of the vertical arches passed down to us through the centuries, the museum answers by its light and luminous presence, its contemporary and fluid architecture, creating a diaphanous response composed of horizontal drapery that seems to float over the site and its archaeological garden. With the Court of Justice facing the project, it is a new vision of the place du parvis and of the arc described by the roman arenas that the building is putting into perspective: its lightness responding to the classical massive volume, thus creating a respectful and exceptional dialogue. En ce site d’exception, face aux Arènes de Nîmes et traversé par les vestiges des anciennes enceintes romaines, l’enjeu était de concevoir un musée qui devienne une référence internationale évidente. Le Musée de la Romanité établit un dialogue architectural fort entre deux bâtiments séparés par deux mille ans d’Histoire. Il prend place sur l’épine dorsale du site, autrefois limite entre la ville moyenâgeuse et la ville moderne. Sur ces vestiges se superposent vingt siècles de strates urbaines et autant de morceaux d’architecture représentatifs. C’est là le patrimoine exceptionnel de la ville de Nîmes. L’envergure de ce projet nécessitait le concours de multiples compétences : le cahier des charges comprenait, en plus de la création du Musée de la Romanité, la revitalisation urbaine de l’îlot Grill, la muséographie, le paysagisme du jardin archéologique ainsi que l’étude de faisabilité d’un Centre de conventions et d’un hôtel.
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    On this exceptional site, facing the roman Arenas and amphitheater of Nîmes, crossed by the ruins and the archeological remains of the ancient roman fortifications, the Musée de la Romanité creates a strong architectural dialogue between two architectures separated by over two thousand years of History and facing each other. The project is located on the backbone of the site, on the old limit that used to separate the medieval town from the modern city. On these remains, twenty centuries of...

    Project details
    • Year 2016
    • Work started in 2014
    • Work finished in 2016
    • Client Ville de Nîmes
    • Status Competition works
    • Type Museums
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