Devoted to the history and art of the region, the Museum of Lorraine takes up a historical complex in the heart of the city of Nancy, comprising the buildings next to the Palace of the Dukes of Lorraine – a magnificent construction of the French Renaissance – and the convent and church of Cordeliers – of Gothic and Renaissance style. These buildings, arranged forming an open L-shape, surround a garden of centennial trees whose perimeter is rounded off with another two large palaces, leaving the northeast side open to the nearby Pépinière Park. The complexity of the perimeter built around the central garden, as well as its rich landscape, favor its use as space to organize the whole precinct, using an ethereal glass portico around it to hierarchize the environment. The southwest front of this gallery configures a new volume of access for the museum, through a lower level between the portico and the palace, connecting in this way the different buildings that house the collections. In the same way, this new buried floor offers the required area to extend the services, uncovering the archaeological remains of earlier constructions located on the site, and incorporating them to the museum visit.
RCR Arquitectes; Beaudouin-Husson Architectes
G. Trégouët, C. Commeignes, V. Verret, Y. Sagoshi, F. Nunes, P. Pontisso, K. del Valle