kengo kuma's irregular aluminum-clad facade invites visitors to albert kahn museum in france

kengo kuma's irregular aluminum-clad facade invites visitors to albert kahn museum in france

Albert-Kahn art museum by kengo kuma

 

On the outskirts of Paris, the new Albert-Kahn art museum has opened its door to the public following the rehabilitation work and realization of a new building by the renowned architect Kengo Kuma. An envelope made from irregularly placed aluminum strips catches passersby’s attention from afar and endows the spaces with a play of light and shadow. The uneven aluminum roof that tops the structure reflects the nuances of the sky and welcomes visitors to discover the vast Kahn collections in a unique architecture of 2300 sqm.

 

The final design reveals a strong conceptual element that sees a reinterpretation of ‘Engawa’, a traditional physical medium of Japanese architecture. The meaning of Engawa is ‘in-between space’, and describes a filter between the inside and the outside. Thus, the design team sought to blend architecture and landscape, creating a seamless symbiosis between the display space and tame nature — an intention that is reinforced by lush gardens that pierce the building.  kengo kuma's irregular aluminum-clad facade welcomes visitors to new albert kahn museumimage ©︎ Think Utopia

 

 

an effortless connection between culture and nature

 

Located on the south side of the Bois de Boulogne, the museum was founded by Albert Kahn (1840-1940), a trading merchant who captured scenes from his travels around the world in 72,000 color photographs and 183,000 meters of film; with these archives being on display on the central part of the collection. Albert Kahn had a profound love for nature and a dream of producing gardens from the five continents of the world, generating a natural setting of how different cultures could harmoniously coexist. Thus, the Japanese architect sought to form a design where both architecture and nature collaborate. Interacting with each other, wood, bamboo, and metal dominate the building and create a poetic sculpture that seems to change its character as visitors meander through its body. 

 

‘The envelope on the city side is mainly made from aluminium, and the envelope on the garden side is mainly made from wood, and at times these two materials are mixed in a gradational manner. This gives the building a biological skin that gently adapts to different environments while interacting with them,’ explains the team.

kengo kuma's irregular aluminum-clad facade welcomes visitors to new albert kahn museum image ©︎Michel Denance | aluminium strips unfold diagonally, shaping an outstanding facade

 

‘The display space was designed in an extended linear sequence from the paths through this garden. A screen made from aluminum and wood is inserted between the path and exterior environment while it continues to meander horizontally and vertically, controlling the relationship between the two,’ mentioned the architects.kengo kuma's irregular aluminum-clad facade invites visitors to albert kahn museum in france image ©︎Michel Denance | creating a bond between culture and nature

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kengo kuma's irregular aluminum-clad facade welcomes visitors to new albert kahn museum image ©︎Michel Denance | the facade filters the views and sun as well as provides intricate shdes

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image ©︎ Olivier Ravoire | the dream of Albert Kahn of blending the garden and display space was achieved by blending the environment and architecture

kengo kuma's irregular aluminum-clad facade invites visitors to albert kahn museum in france image ©︎Michel Denance kengo kuma's irregular aluminum-clad facade invites visitors to albert kahn museum in france image ©︎Michel Denance | drawing from traditional element ‘Engawa’ translated as ‘boundary space between interior and exterior

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project info:

 

name: Albert Kahn Museum

architects: KKAA (Kengo Kuma And Accossiates) 

design team: Sebastien Yeou, Lopez Arahuetes Diego*, Jordi Vinals, Elise Fauquembergue, Sarah Marquert*, Marion Geinzer*, Pascal Ferreira*, Carla Beaujard*, Charles Detilleux*, Mathieu Faliu*

location: Boulogne Billancourt, France

status: completed in 2022

area: 4,980 sqm

 

construction: CASTELALU, EHRMANN, NORMEN, BALAS, SPIE, PLACOUEST
cooperation: AIA Ingénierie
facility: Setec Batiment
accumulation: LTA
exterior: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste
illumination: ARTEC
photography: ©︎ Michel Denance, ©︎ Olivier Ravoire, ©︎ Think Utopia

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