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The Musée Paul-Belmondo by Chartier-Corbasson Architects

Paris-based Chartier-Corbasson Architects has created a sculpture gallery within the existing Château Buchillot, Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt

The late 20th century French sculptor Paul Belmondo advocated the need for a ‘policy for the built environment that would allow contemporary sculpture to once again become part of architectural practice’. Through the design of the Musée Paul-Belmondo, Chartier-Corbasson set out to fulfill this by creating two very different atmospheres, each specifically designed to hold the sculptor’s work, donated by his family.

The designers describe the first space as ‘a setting of the utmost serenity possible’ where a ‘smooth, otherworldly luminescence’ is created through a diffusion of natural and hidden artificial lighting. ‘Niches, alcoves, raised floors, openings, and contrived backdrops create multiples sight lines, discoveries and frames for the landscape,’ said the architects

From this serene white space you enter the second chamber which, by contrast, is made from timber. This is designed to be ‘reminiscent of the backstage of a theatre or an artist’s workroom, which is intended to evoke memories and references to other times and other performers.’

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