Herzog & de Meuron
Competition
2003
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Process

This regional center, which is widely known as a stop on the TGV route, is to be enhanced with a cultural park on the other side of the rail station.

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An offshoot of the Centre Pompidou is to anchor this development and become a new icon in Metz; a new esplanade links it to the city.

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Herzog & de Meuron design the new museum as a cube, easily identifiable both to pedestrians in Metz and to passengers on trains speeding through Europe.

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Sketches and models show the museum’s evolution from a cube with a central opening to a stratified cube.

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Three exhibition floors with high ceilings and two lower-ceilinged, open floors with public functions create a dynamic architectural sequence.

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The museum invites visitors to take a vertical promenade that opens out and closes in again, embracing both extraversion and introspection.

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The mirrored facade of the exhibition floors reflects the surroundings and references aspects of the city and its cathedral.

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Load-bearing structures and circulation routes offer visitors a variety of ways to experience the museum.

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Its wealth of spaces facilitates both classic, self-contained displays and very open presentations and installations.

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Drawings

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Team

Project Team

Facts

Client
La ville de Metz, France
Planning
Architect Planning: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
General Planning: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Cost Consultant: SBE Ingenierie, Metz, France
HVAC Engineering: SBE Ingenierie, Strasbourg, France
Structural Engineering: RFR, Paris, France
Building Data
Gross floor area (GFA): 186'215 sqft, 17'300 sqm
Links
www.centrepompidou-metz.fr

Bibliography

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2004. The Complete Works. Volume 5.” Birkhäuser, 2020.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia, Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2006. Monumento e Intimidad. The Monumental and the Intimate.” Vol. No. 129/130, Madrid, “El Croquis,” 2006.