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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners : Centre de conservation du Louvre

In Liévin (62), a stone's throw from the Louvre-Lens, stands the new center of reserves and conservation of the Louvre. Inaugurated the 8 last October, the building designed by the British firm Roger Stirk Harbor & Partners is the new cultural hub of the Hauts-de-France region. A functional architecture at the service of the international influence of the institution.

Designed to prevent flood risks from the Louvre collections located in the flood zone in Paris, the museum's new reserves and conservation center is part of the institution's development plan at the national and international levels. This equipment dedicated to research responds to a new way of treating and studying collections, while allowing the center to accommodate researchers and academics.

The agency has therefore imagined an elegant building-landscape with an area of ​​18 500 square meters of which 9 600 meters are dedicated to the reserves and 1 700 square meters are dedicated to the study of works. Functional, the structure meets the logistical requirements of processing 250 000 artwork that will be transferred to the center up to 2024.
The center is organized on a single level level which includes spaces adapted to the different functions of the place. Open workspaces bathed in natural light, a photo studio and workshops are dedicated to the study of works. While six rooms with a ceiling height of 3 at 6 meters and two rooms are intended for conservation, anoxia and quarantine. Dubbed "boulevard des oeuvres", the large hallway with overhead lighting allows the circulation of the 400 square meters delivery area collections to the packaging spaces.

The center is also a laboratory of architectural experimentation at the service of ecology and sustainable development. Semi-buried, the building fits discreetly into the landscape while ensuring the collections a constant climate stability, that the sixty reserves of the Parisian and Parisian did not guarantee. The building is also equipped with a slightly inclined roof totally invested by nature, which allows both the recovery of rainwater and the inscription of the complex in the green dynamics of the Green Arc of Euralens. Innovative sustainable choices welcome at the time of the ecological crisis.

A multi-faceted cultural center in phase with its time.

To learn more, visit the Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners website

Photographs: Joas Souza

Léa Pagnier

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