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AJ exclusive: Stanton Williams bags Nantes museum victory

Stanton Williams has seen off the likes of Dominique Perrault Architecture to win the international competition to overhaul the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, France

The practice will ‘comprehensively renovate’ the existing 1900 building and add a 5,800m² extension as part of a £35 million transformation which will see the institution renamed the Grand Musée d’Art.

At present the museum occupies half a block and includes a ‘disparate collection’ of buildings, including the Chapelle de l’Oratoire - a chapel used for temporary art installations - at the western end of the site. 

This area will become location for the new galleries and for ‘Building 14’ which will house a proposed documentation and research centre. 

Describing the scheme, a spokesman for the practice said: ‘The renovated and extended museum has been conceived as an architectural and cultural promenade that will offer visitors an unfolding sequence of spaces, both internal and external, and exhibits.’ 

The scheme is due to complete in 2013.

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