As part of the project, ando has designed a concrete cylinder that will be inserted into the existing building, forming a new exhibition space

As part of the project, ando has designed a concrete cylinder that will be inserted into the existing building, forming a new exhibition space

Japanese architect tadao ando has presented ambitious plans to transform the bourse de commerce — paris’ historic stock exchange — into a museum for businessman and art collector françois pinault. as part of the project, ando — who pinault previously tasked with restoring venice’s punta della dogana — has designed a central cylinder that will be inserted into the existing structure, forming a new exhibition space. the remainder of the building, including the dome, which is listed as a historical monument, will be completely restored and modified.


image © artefactory lab; tadao ando architect & associates; NeM / niney & marca architectes; agence pierre-antoine gatier. courtesy collection pinault — paris.

centrally located in paris’ 1st arrondissement, the bourse de commerce has a circular plan with a rotunda at its center.ando’s concrete cylinder takes the form of a nine meter-high wall that will span 30 meters in diameter. four identical openings will provide access and allow natural light to illuminate the space. ‘this cylinder will give shape to the central exhibition space under the cupola and encase the auditorium and foyer below ground,’ explains ando.

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the cylinder and the dome, seen from the ground floor
image © artefactory lab; tadao ando architect & associates; NeM / niney & marca architectes; agence pierre-antoine gatier. courtesy collection pinault — paris.

the intervention — developed in collaboration with niney & marca architectes and pierre-antoine gatier — also creates a new corridor space between the outside of the cylinder and the existing interior façade. here, new stairwells and passageways will ensure that visitors are able to access the entirety of the building, including a host of facilities contained below grade. the 300-seat auditorium will provide a setting for screenings, conferences, and concerts, while a black-box theater will host video installations and more experimental performances.

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the double height exhibition gallery with openings in the walls
image © artefactory lab; tadao ando architect & associates; NeM / niney & marca architectes; agence pierre-antoine gatier. courtesy collection pinault — paris.

once complete, the institution will offer 3,000 square meters of modular exhibition space, which can either be subdivided or used to host large-scale projects.‘the volumes, which can range in size from intimate to monumental, will be conceived and adapted such that they can most fittingly present works in various scales and different media, from photography to installations, and including painting, sculpture, and video,’ explains martin bethenod, director of collection pinault — paris.

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the double height exhibition gallery with closed walls
image © artefactory lab; tadao ando architect & associates; NeM / niney & marca architectes; agence pierre-antoine gatier. courtesy collection pinault — paris.

the cylinder delineates a new circulation route, leading visitors upwards and creating unprecedented vantage points from which to view the historic structure. guests will enter into a ground floor reception area, before continuing to a double-height gallery space. a small exhibition space on the first storey is to be positioned between the building’s historic walls, while the galleries on the second floor are accessible from two points. the route will culminate with a restaurant and a lounge, from where sweeping views are provided of the city and the frescoes overhead.

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the promenade and the oculus at the top of the cylinder
image © artefactory lab; tadao ando architect & associates; NeM / niney & marca architectes; agence pierre-antoine gatier. courtesy collection pinault — paris.

‘the bourse de commerce is also an exquisite historic building,’ says tadao ando.‘by nesting new spaces within it, while respecting the memories of the city engraved in its walls, i will transform the building’s entire interior into a space for contemporary art. the theme here, once again, is to create a building that connects the past with the present and the future.’ construction work is set to get underway in summer 2017, with the building’s inauguration planned for early 2019.

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axonometric drawing indicating the museum’s layout
image courtesy collection pinault — paris

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east-west section
image © artefactory lab; tadao ando architect & associates; NeM / niney & marca architectes; agence pierre-antoine gatier. courtesy collection pinault — paris.

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sketch by tadao ando
image © tadao ando. courtesy collection pinault — paris.

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sketch by tadao ando
image © tadao ando. courtesy collection pinault — paris.

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