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THE ARCHITECT'S PROJECT

The architectural competition was won by the project of Philippe-Charles DUBOIS et Associés. This Paris-based team of architects and museographers already had a great experience in renovating museums or cultural installations.

For example, their references include the Caen and Lyon Fine Arts Museums, the National Furniture collection (Mobilier National) , a factory in Lodève, the Fenaille Museum in Rodez, the new Pyrénées-Atlantiques Department Hall in Pau, Lezoux Museum and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi.

The jury unanimously selected the project because it better comes up with the restructuring programme while respecting the monument's spirit. In many ways, it offered a particularly elegant solution to the difficulties highlighted by the programme. It was one of the three submitted projects which was the most compact and also the cheapest in terms of organization, investment and running costs.

 

  Museography

  • Clear distribution among collections
  • Simple trails avoiding overcrowding, making an easier physical access to the collections
  • Reduction of all dead ends during trails
  • Sobriety in the way collections are presented

 

  Reception

  • A linking gallery led to the permanent collections can also be used as a reception room
  • The space reserved for Friends of Museums is properly organized and located

 

  Enhancing the museum's historical value

  • Convincing fusion of the museum and the monument
  • Respect of all regulations related to Monuments historiques
  • Emergency stairway permitting to restore the upper floors' structure without any impacts on its historical value.
  • Setting up of safety partitioning devices without distorting its heritage areas.

 

  Internal operations and technical systems

  • Optimal placement of the security post and unloading platform
  • Functional routes for the treatment of works
  • Library and documentation close to Conservation offices, but the public can have access to it
  • Functional link between the Conservation Department and other museum spaces

  

WHAT'S ON ?

  • The permanent collections are now exhibited on the 3 floors of the palace (2.000 m2)
  • A temporary exhibition hall has been set up (400 m2 )
  • The storerooms have been built under the courtyard (1.000 m2)
  • A 60-seat audiovisual room is now available
  • The reception and educational workshops have been feeted out  in the west wing
  • An underground gallery links the permanent collections in the main building
  • Museum furnishings are specifically designed to conserve and enhance the collections

 

  Collections as cohesive entities

Four collections forming cohesive entities have been defined:

  • Egyptian antiquities
  • History of Limoges
  • Fine Arts
  • Enamels

A special exhibition room where you can focus on one or more collection presented on a rotational basis can also function as a graphic art showcase.

 

  Presentation of collections

The principles of presentation are enough flexible to allow:

  • the possibility of changing the exhibition rooms' organisation over time
  • works displayed in rooms to be changed (pictures presented on a rotational basis, replacement of a work borrowed for a temporary exhibition, new acquisitions etc.)

These systems are simple to implement and the equipment used complies with conservation standards.

 

  Temporary exhibition room and educational workshops

The temporary exhibition room and the educational workshops operate independently.

 

  Access

  • The public, staff, works and equipment accesses are defined separately.
  • The library and conservation offices have an independent access
  • Making the establishment more accessible to visitors with disabilities has been one of the museum's main priorities.

 

  Reception structures

The reception areas, including ticket office, cloakroom, information point and retail space, allow access to:

  • permanent exhibition rooms
  • audiovisual room
  • workshops for children

The reception hall is larger enough to welcome several groups and cope with rush hours.

 

  Technical areas

The technical areas are designed to ensure that works are properly conserved:

  • huge customised and secure storerooms
  • treatment areas are well positioned, carefully monitored and equipped (cleaning, photography, framing and basing, packaging, analysis etc.)
  • works are delivered in a safety area protected from the bad weather - works' internal movements never intersect with public routes
  • specific areas for preparing exhibitions

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