A circular building treated as a monolithic, self-contained volume can be unforgivingly oppressive. The Hirshhorn Museum – a poured concrete donut plopped onto the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 1974 by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – certainly reminds us of that danger. Yet, using that simple concept (and material), architect Bernard Tschumi recently created a dynamically quirky structure for MuséoParc Alésia’s Interpretive Center in France.
For more than a decade, Tschumi, who has offices in New York and Paris, has been exploring curved concrete forms combined with different materials – especially in France. In both the Zénith concert hall and exhibition complex in Rouen and the Zénith concert hall in Limoges, he designed the facade and roof as one continuous envelope. While the earlier project probed the notion of wrapping a concrete structure with stainless steel, the second did so with polycarbonate and wood...
MuséoParc d’Alésia-Centro de Interpretación.
Conseil Géneral de la Côte d’Or.
Bernard Tschumi urbanistes Architectes.
Michel Desvigne, con Sophie Meurthé (paisajismo landscape architect); Scene (museografía museography).
OCHS y Protoy (fachada facade); Philips (iluminación lightning).
Iwan Baan, Christian Richters.