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Thursday, October 01, 2020

Kengo Kuma, Maritime History Museum in Saint-Malo (France)

The Japanese studio of Kengo Kuma has won the international competition to build a Maritime History Museum in the port city of Saint-Malo, in northwest France.

The project is located on Duguay-Trouin quay, outside the city walls. The project proposed gives the building a role as link between the old city and the new districts, taking the opportunity to turn the museum into a city landmark and to establish a balance with historic city. In contrast to the fortresses anchored to the rock, the new volume opens up to its context and resorts to cantilevers to convey movement and dynamism, as if it were a boat overlooking the horizon.

The architectural shape is inspired in port types and, evoking the existing silos, three elongated, stacked volumes take on a vertical and compact shape. With panoramic views from the exhibition spaces, the museum seeks creating flexible spaces that can evolve over time to welcome new collections and diverse art forms. A zinc skin in clear tones captures natural light, reflects the water and the sky, and prevents the volume from appearing massive, presenting a lightweight facade while warm wood surfaces clad the interiors.
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