Steven Holl, Franklin Azzi Arch, Paul Arene wins the competition for New Angers Collectors Museum and Hotel

New Angers Collectors Museum / Le Musée des Collectionneurs by Steven Holl, Franklin Azzi Architecture, Paul Arene
17/03/2018
Steven Holl, Franklin Azzi Arch, Paul Arene wins the competition for New Angers Collectors Museum and Hotel
COMPAGNIE DE PHALSBOURG [Angers] France
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New Angers Collectors Museum / Le Musée des Collectionneurs by Steven Holl, Franklin Azzi Architecture, Paul Arene
Steven Holl Architects, together with Compagnie de Phalsbourg, has won the international design competition for the new Angers Collectors Museum / Le Musée des Collectionneurs and an adjacent hotel in the center of Angers, France. The new museum is inspired by the historic Chateau d’Angers and forms a new cultural gateway for the city.
Steven Holl’s scheme draws inspiration from the nearby 9th century Chateau d’Angers fortress, and seeks to form a new cultural gateway to the city.

The site for the new Angers Collectors Museum is in the center of the city, on the east bank of the Maine river and across from the Chateau d’Angers, built by King Louis IX between 1228 and 1238 on the foundations of a 9th century fortress. It is also adjacent to the city’s largest theater Le Quai, creating a new cultural triangle in the heart of Angers and bridging the medieval and contemporary architecture. The museum is set within a series of reflecting pools, which relate back to the history of the site, which was once part of the river.

The new Museum is connected to a linear hotel, which is inspired by the 14th century Apocalypse Tapestry, which is on display at the Chateau d’Angers. Clear and translucent glass are woven together to create a tapestry-like façade. Together, the museum and hotel shape a public sculpture garden at the center of the site. Passages through the site engage the sculpture garden and connect the site and city to the river.

The 4742 sm, exposed titanium white concrete museum will feature galleries for permanent and temporary exhibitions and an atrium event space, and ...read more

The white concrete museum is inspired by an adjacent fortress. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl / Imagine AngersNew Angers Collectors Museum / Le Musée des Collectionneurs by Steven Holl, Franklin Azzi Architecture, Paul AreneThe museum is connected to a titanium linear hotel. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl  / Imagine AngersNew Angers Collectors Museum / Le Musée des Collectionneurs by Steven Holl, Franklin Azzi Architecture, Paul AreneA central atrium gives space for exhibitions. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl  / Imagine AngersA series of reflecting pools reference the river that historically consumed the site. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl  / Imagine AngersThe gallery spaces house temporary and permanent exhibits. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl  / Imagine AngersThe weaving glass facade of the scheme was inspired by the 14th century Apocalypse Tapestry, which is on display at the Chateau d’Angers. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl  / Imagine AngersSite plan. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl / Imagine AngersThe white concrete museum is inspired by an adjacent fortress. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl / Imagine AngersConceptual watercolor sketch. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl / Imagine AngersConceptual watercolor sketch. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl / Imagine AngersHotel. Conceptual watercolor sketch. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl / Imagine AngersGround floor plan. Conceptual watercolor sketch. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl / Imagine AngersGalleries floor plan. Conceptual watercolor sketch. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl / Imagine AngersConceptual watercolor sketch. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl / Imagine AngersThe white concrete museum is inspired by an adjacent fortress. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl / Imagine Angers

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Steven Holl was born in 1947 in Bremerton, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington and pursued architecture studies in Rome in 1970. In 1976 he attended the Architectural Association in London and established STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS in New York City. Considered one of America's most important architect...read more