Tadao Ando to design a museum inside a former Paris stock exchange

Tadao Ando to design a museum inside a former Paris stock exchange
[PAR] France
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Rendering. New François Pinault`s museum by Tadao Ando, in Paris. Image courtesy of Artefactory Lab; Tadao Ando Architect & Associates; NeM/Niney & Marca Architectes; Agence Pierre-Antoine Gatier. Image Courtesy of Collection Pinault, Paris
Japanese architect Tadao Ando has received the commission to develop ambitious project to transform the bourse de commerce -Paris’ historic stock exchange and which is steps away from the Louvre and the Palais Royal- into a to create a "completely circular museum”, for French billionaire and art collector François Pinault.
The project, to display Pinault’s collection in his home city of Paris, follows other similar projects -previously, Pinault has worked with Ando before on the Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana in Venice. Now, Ando has designed a central cylinder that will be inserted into the existing structure, forming a new exhibition space. The remainder of the building, including the dome, which is listed as a historical monument, will be completely restored and modified.

Tadao Ando plans to build a circular structure with three levels of galleries inside the round building, which is bound by strict historic preservation norms. It will have 2,973 square meter of exhibition space and an underground auditorium. The museum, which will only showcase contemporary art — including pieces from Mr. Pinault’s collection of more than 3,000 works — will be renovated and run by his family’s company, after a Bourse renovation expected to cost around 108 million euros. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2018 for an opening planned in early 2019.


Tadao Ando was born in Osaka, Japan in 1941. A self-educated architect, he spent time in nearby Kyoto and Nara, studying firsthand the great monuments of traditional Japanese architecture. Between 1962 and 1969 he traveled to the United States, Europe, and Africa, learning about Western architecture, history, and techniques. His studies of both traditional Japanese and modern architecture...read more