French Museum of Photography
We do not think that the extension of an historical piece of architecture should be understood as a call to imitate the original, to pure reproduction or to the sacred preservation of a site’s heritage. On the contrary, our aim should be to probe the architectural dialectic between the historical and the contemporary.
We envisaged the permanent exhibition spaces as extensions of the pavilion from below: an underground contemporary monolithic space, in béton brut, accessible directly from the low ground level outside. This new gallery is fed by natural light via a series of elongated skylights emerging in the green landscape opposite the pavilion. From the garden, the visual perception of these small volumes changes with the time of day and the seasons, according to the colour of the sky or the position of the sun. The mirror polished stainless steel surface in turn reflects the image of the green spaces, the sky or the Hauldres Pavilion. Visually and intellectually, the museum deploys an accumulative and systemic landscape to reveal the creative abundance and genius of mankind, bringing together in the same space two centuries of technology and society.
Project management for the layout of the Hauldres Pavilion at Etiolles for the French Museum of Photography
1 200 m²
Projectiles, architect (project manager)
Evp-ingénierie, structure engineering
Noble ingénierie, fluids engineering
Camebat, construction economist
L’Autobus impérial, signange
Hervé Audibert, lighting design
Conseil Général de l’Essonne