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Contemporary Art Center – FRAC / Kengo Kuma & Associates

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Location: Marseille, France
  • Architect in Charge of Construction Site: Nicolas Moreau, Jean-Daniel Boyé, Frank Anderle, Loïc Lequertier, Pascal Ferrera
  • Architecture Team: Kengo Kuma, Yuki Ikeguchi, Nicolas Moreau, Louise Lemoine, Félicien Duval, Shinku Noda, Jun Shibata
  • Local Architect: Toury et Vallet
  • Structure Engineer: CEBAT ingénierie
  • Mechanical Engineer: ETB Antonelli
  • Facade Engineer: ARCORA
  • Area: 5757.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle, Erieta Attali

© Nicolas Waltefaugle © Nicolas Waltefaugle © Nicolas Waltefaugle © Erieta Attali

© Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali

From the architect. The project of the contemporary art center (FRAC) for the region Provence Alpes Cotes d’Azur (PACA) is the 3D version of the “museum without walls” invented by André Malraux, famous French writer and politician. It is a museum without a museum, a living and moving place, where the art pieces are in a constant movement and join the logic of diffusion and interaction with the visitors.

© Nicolas Waltefaugle
© Nicolas Waltefaugle

KKAA thought the FRAC as a signal in the city, which allows a better visibility to contemporary art.

© Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali

The building stands up as a landmark which identity is clearly asserted.

It is composed with two recognizable parts:

© Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali

-  The main body along the street Vincent Leblanc contains the exhibition spaces and documentation center

-  A small tower with auditorium and children’s workshop, offers an upper terrace on the main boulevard.

© Nicolas Waltefaugle
© Nicolas Waltefaugle

These two clearly identified entities are connected between them by a set of footbridges and are unified by the envelope made by an glass skin, composed with panels with changing opacity.  

© Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali

The building explores the theme of the windows and openings on different scales. KKAA wishes to create a particular space of creation and life, which action and effect is bounded to the entire city, as well as the surrounding district and neighborhood (cafe-terrace...).

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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