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LAM: Park of Lille Metrople Modern Art Museum

Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France
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The Lille Metropole Museum of Modern Art was built a quarter of a century ago by architect Roland Simounet. An extension to the existing building has now been designed to host the outsider art collection. The museum has from the outset been designed as a harmonious union of works of art, architecture and a magnificent sculpture park (Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Eugene Dodeigne and others). AWP won a competition to redesign the park and the museum entrance.

This project is based on a reflection on topography and its geometry: a complete redesign of the park through a series of angular terraces and slopes connecting the Museum to a newly designed water promenade. The design springs from the desire to clarify, liberate and enhance the legibility of outdoor spaces, strengthening their relation to architecture and sculptures. The landscape is built up through a series of views framing specific scenes and sculptures and through the articulation of different natures, to foreground the perception of a unique environment.

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awp, November 21st, 2011
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