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Marsiglia, Francia: Conservation Centre For the Mucem by Vezzoni & AssociÉS
Vezzoni & Associés

The MuCem will have at its disposal the Centre for Conservation and Resources located in the Belle de Mai district, near the Saint-Charles railway station.

Vezzoni & Associés

Designed by architect Corinne Vezzoni and born of a public-private partnership, it will house, over 13,000 m², all of the reserve collections of the museum as well as its documentary holdings, library and scientific archives.

Vezzoni & Associés

The facility will be open to heritage professionals, researchers and students. the general public will also be able to visit part of the reserve collection.

Vezzoni & Associés

The first objective of the centre is, of course, to support the principal missions of the museum: to store, preserve, study, document, maintain and develop the collections.

Vezzoni & Associés

To this end it will offer modern storage facilities meeting the standards for preventative conservation, workshops for preparation and restoration, a photography studio and an anoxic chamber for treatment to prevent the risk of infestations...

Vezzoni & Associés

Beyond these essential functions, the centre aims to become a living space, a real tool for the enhancement and dissemination of the collections through an active policy of loans and deposits. It will also be a working tool for researchers and students by making entire collections and holdings of the MuCem accessible.

Vezzoni & Associés

The proposed Conservation Centre for the Mucem (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations) reserves fits uncompromisingly and compactly into the site among the nearby industrial buildings.

Vezzoni & Associés

With the same floor area (72×72 m) as the Mucem, the Conservation Centre integrates the notion of thickness. Unlike the museum which displays what is to be seen, the centre houses what is not to be seen: in other words, the museum’s reserves which, like a secret, are kept hidden behind the scenes. Natural light enters through the carved-out core of this rock-like, rough-cast concrete monolith.

Vezzoni & Associés
Vezzoni & Associés
Vezzoni & Associés
Vezzoni & Associés

Location: Marseille, France Architect: Vezzoni & Associés Associated contractors: Aura / A.Jollivet architecte, Mazet et associés, Ingerop ingénierie Contracting authority: Icade Promotion Cost: € 13.2 Mil. Total floor area: 13,033 sq. m Year: 2013

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