Stanton Williams’ €48.8 million transformation and extension of the Musée d’Art de Nantes has entered into the next stage of development. Following the appointment of the contractor Quille Construction, a subsidiary of Bouygues, the Mayor of Nantes announced a shorter timeline, set by the contractor, with the museum opening in one phase in 2016, instead of a phased opening by 2018. The Musée d’Art de Nantes is one of the six largest Fine Art Museums outside Paris, alongside Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier, Rouen and Lille.
The existing historical museum building will be comprehensively renovated, whilst the new 4200m² extension will accommodate the additional exhibition spaces for contemporary art. The project will also include the creation of new educational facilities, an auditorium, a library, a storage space for graphic arts collection and an external sculpture court.
Stanton Williams’ design strategy will effortlessly merge the past with the present, offering a blend of architectural and cultural promenade that will take full advantage of its intricate setting. Simultaneously, it aims to improve public access throughout the museum and transform its image from a closed and introverted institution to one which is open and transparent, fully engaging with its urban context.