Palace of the Dukes of Lorraine
The Lorraine regional museum in Nancy possesses a very varied collection, in terms of quantity, artistic quality and typologies. One of the main strategies of the plan of action on which we reflected is to put the museum at the center of a network of institutions of the Lorraine region so as to federate and reinforce the cohesion of the regional cultural offer. The museum would therefore become the center of a « cultural net », thanks to the diversity and the historical and artistic significance of its collection.
The Lorraine regional museum in Nancy is not a building but a territory within which several buildings from different time periods cohabitate. This creates overlapping urban trails, one from the middle ages, one from the « Stanislas era » and one from the 19th century, next to a large wooded park. The new extension is located along this vegetalized area, at the heart of the system. It shelters the new museum lobby, a temporary exhibition hall and an auditorium. The project as a whole is voluntarily heterogenous, thus creating a « museum-city » in which each building reflects a part of the city’s history, integrates a function or offers a major and distinctive space.
The itinerary is defined by a range of three spatial typologies: the classical spaces in which the major part of the collection is presented, the immersive sequences marking some significant historical events, and finally mediation lounges. Setting the museum «landscape» using these three elements brings a rhythmic variation and creates a highlighted itinerary.
Restructuring and extension of the Ducal Palace, the Lorrain Museum in Nancy
5 500 m²
Jean Marc Ibos Myrto Vitart (JMIMV), architect (project manager)
Thierry Algrin, chief architect of monuments historiques
Projectiles, architect + museograph
VP & Green ingénierie, Structure engineering
Inex, fluids engineering
Mazet & associés, construction economist
L’Autobus Impérial, graphic design
Cartel Collection, preventive conservation
Région Grand Est