Archaeological museum

Archaeological museum

Architect
Lacaton & Vassal
Location
Saintes, France
Project Year
1995
Category
Museums
Lacaton & Vassal

Archaeological museum

Lacaton & Vassal as Architects

The town of Saintes possesses a very important Gallo-Roman heritage. In particular the archaeological museum includes a lapidary museum set up in neoclassical rooms dating from the 19th century. An important discovery of the remains of a chariot and horses' harness made the creation necessary of a new exhibition space, on the site of the premises of a tourist office and a public toilet.


Situated in a protected heritage area, the project perserves the existing facades.


A lightweight, perforated metal partition is placed in front of the window, performing the role of identifying the museum and its entrance, as well as providing protection from the sun and acting as a shutter. it is made up of five metal panels pivoting in four positions so as to close off or control the entry of the light. The outer face is monochrome. The inner face is colored -one color per panel- and appears only when the museum is open.

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