Musée des Beaux-arts in Reims
by David Chipperfield Architects

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Musée des Beaux-arts in Reims by David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects have won a competition to design a museum of fine arts in the city of Reims, France with proposals for a building clad in translucent white marble and glass.

Musée des Beaux-arts in Reims by David Chipperfield Architects

Comprising three staggered volumes, the new Musée des Beaux-arts will also feature a roof with asymmetric gables.

Musée des Beaux-arts in Reims by David Chipperfield Architects

A medieval excavation site will occupy a 12-metre-high hall at the entrance to the building, while naturally lit exhibition galleries will be spread out across three floors.

Musée des Beaux-arts in Reims by David Chipperfield Architects

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015.

Musée des Beaux-arts in Reims by David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield has earned a reputation as a specialist when it comes to designing museums and galleries. Others we've featured include the Museum Folkwang, the Museum of Modern Literature, the Neues Museum and the Hepworth Wakefield.

Musée des Beaux-arts in Reims by David Chipperfield Architects

We also recently filmed an interview with Chipperfield to discuss this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, which he is directing.

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David Chipperfield Architects wins competition for Musée des Beaux-arts in Reims

David Chipperfield Architects has won the competition to design the new Musée des Beaux-arts in Reims, France. The announcement was made by the Mayor of Reims on 14 May 2012.

The site for the museum of art is between Reims' old and new town. The design envisages a building with three volumes and a façade composed of translucent marble and glass ceramic panels. The exhibition galleries on three floors display works of art from the 15th to the 21st century, which are predominantly naturally lit. A twelve metre high hall spans an excavation site with mediaeval findings. The hall provides a publicly accessible transition space between inside and outside.

Construction is due to start in 2015.

  • Chris

    Another beauty but I'm sceptical of how long he can continue using the same basic layout used in his Turner Contemporary and Hepworth. Then again, I'm a Chipperphile, I'll never knock his work.

  • Colonel Pancake

    It’s pleasantly boring.

  • Pygmalion

    I've just seen this built, already!!! Did they forget it's already up?…

  • nombre

    @Chris you forgot the folkwang museum in essen – which uses exactly the same facade :)

  • T.,T

    The Turner's French Cousin

  • Boh

    Boredom has finally found an aesthetic.

  • Grapes

    Im still thinking about the Term ''Chipperphile.''

    Dangerous but perfect.

  • Derren

    Yawnsville. Is it me or does anyone else find British architecture to be unbearably boring?

  • dude

    lol.
    coming from the architect who travels the world preaching against iconic architecture and the 'star-system' this is rather revealing. my guess is that they ran out of time towards the end of the competition……copy/paste/scale.

  • JJSP

    end of the day…he won and keeps winning…thats all there is to it…