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Gallo-roman Museum Vesuna / Jean Nouvel

  • 05:00 - 17 February, 2019
  • Curated by Martita Vial
Gallo-roman Museum Vesuna / Jean Nouvel
Gallo-roman Museum Vesuna / Jean Nouvel, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Parc de Vésone, 20 Rue 26ème Régiment d'Infanterie, 24000 Périgueux, France
  • Category

  • Area

    6900.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Competition

    Alexiane Rossi
  • Pilot Study

    Laurent Niget
  • Studies

    Didier Brault
  • Construction

    Bertrand Beissel, François Leininger, Gaston Tolila
  • Competition Architects

    Jean Philippe Godin, Thierry Marco
  • Pilot Study Architects

    Cyril Ruiz
  • Studies Architects

    Isabelle Agostini, Cristiano Benzoni
  • Graphic Design

    Sabine Rosant
  • Museography

    Viviane Morteau, Nathalie Sasso, François Leininger, Gaston Tolila
  • Structural Engineering

  • Lots Techniques

  • Fire Protection

    M. CASSO
  • Lighting Museography

    Observatoire n° 1 Georges BerneERN
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© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

Text description provided by the architects. To Protect and to Reveal

It is perhaps the piles of amnesiac architecture in and around our cities, and the decades of accumulation which causes us to better cite the importance of lost civilizations, and of remains which are increasingly read today like true roots more than simple traces.

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

With Vesunna in Perigueux, there only remain contradictions, unknowns, and strata lost in the memory of the soil! The archaeological site of the Domus des Bosquets is the tangible illustration of the town buried underground which gave birth to Perigueux. The site needs to be revealed and protected with magnanimity, tact, clarity, and culture, by the means of architecture which would have the formidable privilege of residing next to ancient ghosts. The relationship of history with modernity is an architectural source of great poetry on the condition of being frank, sensitive and right within the legitimate act of building. A metaphysical dimension is born of the vertiginous gap between two fragments of the real confronted in the space of a few meters and in the time of a couple thousand years. Conscious of the risks of the situation, I proposed the simplest observation of protecting and revealing.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

An inhabited, planted double-wall would be constructed as a screen encompassing an archaeological dig of the Tour de Vesone, the Villa des Bosquets and the 3rd century wall at the northern extremity. The villa will be covered by a big, high, simple umbrella, with the underside absolutely flat. Using calculated geometry inherited from the Gallo-Roman plan, it would be transcribed with a plan, a pretext to introducing a little elegant graphics of abstract sobriety which exclusively belong to the arts of our times. All the memories of the place will be both protected and revealed to our eyes of today. 

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

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Cite: "Gallo-roman Museum Vesuna / Jean Nouvel" 17 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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