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Le Coiffeur / Margaux Keller Design Studio + Bertrand Guillon Architecture

© Margaux Keller Design Studio © Margaux Keller Design Studio © Margaux Keller Design Studio © Margaux Keller Design Studio

The Victor Gelez Community Centre / Dumont Legrand Architects

© Thomas Lannes © Thomas Lannes © Thomas Lannes © Thomas Lannes

ZAC Boucicaut / Michel Guthmann

  • Architects: Michel Guthmann
  • Location: 81 Rue des Cévennes, 75015 Paris, France
  • Design Team: Michel Stéphanie Appert, Olivier Barthe, Valentin Bourdon, Bénédicte Caspar, Amélie Jonville, Céline Motte-Moitroux, Samuel Reist, Oona Savransky
  • Area: 6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Michel Guthmann, Michel Denancé , Takuji Shimmura

© Michel Denancé © Takuji Shimmura © Michel Denancé © Takuji Shimmura

The Architecture of Pompidou Metz: An Excerpt from "The Architecture of Art Museums – A Decade of Design: 2000 – 2010"

© Didier Boy De La Tour
© Didier Boy De La Tour

In honor of International Museum Day, we're taking a look back at the 21st century's most exciting museums. The following is an excerpt from the recently released book, The Architecture of Art Museums – A Decade of Design: 2000 – 2010 (Routledge) by Ronnie Self, a Houston-based architect. Each chapter of the book provides technical, comprehensive coverage of a particular influential art museum. In total, eighteen of the most important art museums of the early twenty-first century - including works from Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA, Steven Holl, and many other high-profile architects - are explored. The following is a condensed version of the chapter detailing Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines' 2010 classic, Centre Pompidou-Metz.

The Pompidou Center – Metz was a first experiment in French cultural decentralization. In the late 1990’s, with the prospect of closing Piano and Roger’s building in Paris for renovations, the question arose of how to maintain some of the 60,000 works in the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art available for public viewing. A concept of “hors les murs” or “beyond the walls” was developed to exhibit works in other French cities. The temporary closing of the Pompidou Center – Paris spurred reflections on ways to present the national collection to a wider audience in general. Eventually a second Pompidou Center in another French city was imagined.

© Didier Boy De La Tour Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects © Didier Boy De La Tour Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects

Antony-Multisports Complex / Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture

Courtesy of Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture Courtesy of Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture Courtesy of Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture Courtesy of Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture

Social Housing Rental "Le Bois Habité" / Pich-Aguilera Architects

  • Architects: Pich-Aguilera Architects
  • Location: 12 Boulevard de Cleunay, 35000 Rennes, France
  • Architect In Charge: Felipe Pich-Aguilera, David Cras, Teresa Batlle
  • Project Manager: Margherita Aricó
  • Specialists: Betom Bureau d’etude. Capterre, Consultoría energética
  • Area: 9685.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

Viviendas en Toulouse / Mateo Arquitectura

  • Architects: Mateo Arquitectura
  • Location: Toulouse, France
  • Architect In Charge: Josep Lluís Mateo
  • Area: 13628.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Sereine / SEPTEMBRE

  • Architects: SEPTEMBRE
  • Location: Loire, France
  • Project Manager: Lina Lagerstrom
  • Area: 240.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Linus Ricard

© Linus Ricard © Linus Ricard © Linus Ricard © Linus Ricard

Nursery School / MDR

  • Architects: MDR
  • Location: Baillargues, France
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mathieu Ducros

© Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros

Theater in Montreuil / Dominique Coulon et associés

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés
  • Location: Montreuil, France
  • Project Director: Steve Letho Duclos
  • Project Architects: Sarah Brebbia, Arnaud Eloudyi, Olivier Nicollas
  • Area: 2600.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Martin Argyroglo , Jean Marie Monthiers

© Jean Marie Monthiers © Jean Marie Monthiers © Jean Marie Monthiers © Jean Marie Monthiers

La Grenouillère / Eva Samuel Architecte & Associés

© Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume

Lucie Aubrac School / Saison Menu Architectes Urbanistes

  • Architects: Saison Menu Architectes Urbanistes
  • Location: Roubaix, France
  • Architect In Charge: PassivHaus Conso Less than 15 KWHep / m² shon / year
  • Architect: Mathieu Martin
  • Area: 3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo

Renovated Parisian flat / JKLN

  • Architects: JKLN
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Architect In Charge: Jasmine Kenniche Le Nouëne Feat. Gaël Le Nouëne
  • Construction: ASI
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of JKLN

Courtesy of JKLN Courtesy of JKLN Courtesy of JKLN Courtesy of JKLN

241 Sports Center Hector Berlioz / Dietmar Feichtinger Architects

  • Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architects
  • Location: 2 Bis Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
  • Project Team Leader Planning : José Luis Fuentes
  • Team Competition: Richard Würtz, Manuela Certan, Jennifer Goletz, Magdalena Zogorska
  • Team Planning And Site: Pablo Valdivia
  • Area: 13256.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architects

Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architects Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architects Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architects Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architects

Villa Chiberta / Atelier Delphine Carrere

© Antoine Huot © Antoine Huot © Antoine Huot © Antoine Huot