Titan : Pavillon d’accueil du musée Clemenceau

As part of the restoration of the house of Georges Clemenceau in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard (85), the Nantes agency Titan has designed the new reception pavilion, a space that enhances the historical heritage of the place. Overview.

At the end of his life, Georges Clemenceau moved to Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, in a house surrounded by a garden designed by the painter Claude Monet and located in front of the Atlantic Ocean. After his death, the place of exception becomes logically a museum. However, the building is deteriorating and is suffering the disasters of the storm Xynthia. In 2015, begins the construction of its reconstruction.


The idea of ​​this modernization is to promote the renewal of the place and enhance its cultural dimension. Established in harmony with the site, the Clemenceau house's new reception pavilion has a discreet volumetry and thus seems to emerge naturally from the ground. Constructed of sand-colored smooth concrete, the building appears as a clean monolith. The colors of the central nave and other volumes allow instead to fit perfectly into the landscape of the site and to respect the proportions of the old building. At the same time minimalist and eco-responsible, the new reception area invites to enter the museum.

Intimist and sober, the current pavilion includes the reception, the shop, a volume dedicated to mediation and two other spaces devoted to professionals of the institution. This corridor-free space makes the visitor's journey more fluid and leads them subtly to the museum's spaces. Thus, it seems that the Titan agency has managed to meet the architectural challenge of reconstruction by making this space a place of conviviality.

The project is selected for the ADC Awards 2019 in the category culture - museum / exhibition space.

To learn more, visit the ADC Awards website et of the TITAN Agency.

Photographs: Julien Lanoo 2018

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