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France | Rennes | Brittany Museum – Champs Libres

The Esplanade Charles de Gaulle was a car park before Edmond Hervé, mayor of Rennes, chose it as the site for a unique cultural centre dedicated to science, history and art. The building houses three major institutions: the Museum of Brittany, a cultural, scientific and technical centre, and a municipal library. The project by architect Christian de Portzamparc, winner of the competition, unites the city’s three cultural venues in a single building with large volumes. The routes are reminiscent of those in the city, connections are made by overhead walkways, large interior windows make it easier to recognise the places, and transparent portions of the outer perimeter walls indicate the building’s location in the city. This formed the basis of the three-in-one concept: each institution has its own specific form as part of a larger whole. The museum, a large flattened parallelepiped, is crossed from floor to ceiling by the cone of the library and the pyramid of the science centre. The exhibition rooms of the science centre are located below, with the spherical planetarium above; the library, an inverted prism, has its reading rooms lit from the top. The open and slender reception area connects all three spaces so that visitors discover all the possibilities offered by the building. Lines of recessed luminaires in the ceiling or on the ground accompany the paths. The spaces are illuminated in a manner appropriate to the type of use. The library has a discreet, diffuse and homogeneous general lighting system with emphasis on the reading stations. The museum rooms have a system of adjustable, direct light luminaires to ensure maximum display flexibility. Particular attention has been given to the display cases characterised by small “theatrical” settings. Recessed “down light” ceiling luminaires are used in the auditorium while the Planetarium dome is lit by direct light projectors. Small rest areas punctuate the visit. In France, architect Piero Castiglioni has carried out many lighting design projects, including the Centre Georges Pompidou (1985) and the Musée d’Orsay (1986) with Gae Aulenti, and the Pays d’Aix performance hall (2006) with Vittorio Gregotti.


Project:
Lighting Design Piero Castiglioni

Collaborations:
Architect Christian de Portzamparc

Photo Courtesy:
Piero Castiglioni
iGuzzini

Year:
2005


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View of the museum from the water
Front view of the Il Sole 24 Ore Seat building
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Overall view of a room with ceiling lights
Another central view of the illuminated hall of Palazzo Marino
The historic center of Siena illuminated
The lighting of the Salone delle Feste at the Quirinale
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Entrance to the exhibition set up of Gianni Versace
Front view of the windows of the picture gallery
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Detail of the lighting of the internal courtyard
Night view of the outline of the city of Mantua
Illuminated night view of the entrance courtyard
Night view of Malba - Costantini Foundation illuminated
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Central view of the illuminated Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
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Night view of the Italcementi Research Center
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Detail of the lighting system used
View of the ceiling glass windows with lighting
Outdoor spaces with architectural lighting
A night view of the illuminated building
View of the rooms and the exhibition path
Deputies with the lighting used
View of the complex with night lighting
The stage of the Teatro Comunale of Florence
The works of art inside the illuminated Papal Stables
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci with the lighting used
Full view of the illuminated theater
Full view of the Cultural Center building
One of the rooms with the works on display and the lighting fixtures
Overall view of the Banca Lombarda building in Brescia
Overall view of the central courtyard of the service center
Detail of the illuminated facade of the Dior building
Front view of the Lingotto building in Turin
Front view of the main entrance facade
View from the outside of the building and the facades
Front view of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
Overall view of the concert hall
The illuminated hall of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum
View of the museum from the water
Front view of the Il Sole 24 Ore Seat building
The lighting fixtures installed on the ceiling
Viktor & Rolf Showroom inside the showroom
Overall view of a room with ceiling lights
Another central view of the illuminated hall of Palazzo Marino
The historic center of Siena illuminated
The lighting of the Salone delle Feste at the Quirinale
The illuminated waiting canopies
Entrance to the exhibition set up of Gianni Versace
Front view of the windows of the picture gallery
Il Porto Antico di Genova in una vista notturna
Detail of the lighting of the internal courtyard
Night view of the outline of the city of Mantua
Illuminated night view of the entrance courtyard
Night view of Malba - Costantini Foundation illuminated
Overall view of the Hall
Central view of the illuminated Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The night lighting of the Sanctuary
Night view of the Italcementi Research Center
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