Object : Show the CNAC collections
Address : Avenue de la Gare, Metz
Surface : 11.000 m²
$ : 36 M € HT
Date : july 2001
Mission : Concours / Complete
For : CA2M
Team : Stéphane Maupin + Pascal Cribier + SETEC+ DVVD BET
Ranking : Second ranked project


The site is more like a monument; it is rather an event. This project wants, in the same way as twentieth century art has done, to change our habits of perception, expand our emotional capabilities, and for the visitor as well as the pedestrian, a set of new territories of sensations, experimentation and wonder.

The traditional separation between the garden and the built, between the near and the surroundings, between solids and voids, has been transformed on a parcel hatched by a double layer of plant canopy, which floats gently above the wasteland. These layers built the ensemble of the project, constructed from the ground until the terraces with views connecting us to the city as well as the landscape.

The building is an optical machine articulated on various urban speeds, a symbolic interchange points with dynamic landscape of metz. The view, supported by the double layer plant offers the visitor a view of the european space, singular contraction of geological time, ecological, human, historical and contemporary.

The project has to be discovered by walking. The physical and optical events are all connected and continue until the exhibition spaces. The natural light in these spaces can be discretely controlled. Expressive variations are only for the art works. The architecture erases, only leaving possibilities. All parameters were instead used to provide the city a museum without limitation, a maximalist interpretation of the space it has preserved until today.

This is why we left the greatest possible open zone on ground level, which is exploited by the greatest height possible. The space has openings in the most qualified directions, in the north the softest light, in the west lyrical light for the men. We have worked on the richest contrasts: the built and the green, the smooth and the striated, the opaque and the translucent, which have been managed to offer the greatest variety in spatial combinations for the expositions.