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© Julien Lanoo

French photographer Julien Lanoo has shared with us a first look at the Musée du Louvre’s new sister gallery: Louvre . The design, first conceived as part of an international competition in 2006, was created by the Pritzker Prize laureates of , in collaboration with New York studio Imrey Culbert, landscape designer Catherine Mosbach and museographer Studio Adrien Gardère.

The 360 meter long, steel and glass structure is integrated within a 20 hectare wasteland that was originally used as a coal mine before the 1960s. It is expected to attract 500,000 visitors every year and envisioned to help revitalize the post-industrial town.

Continue reading for the architects’ description.