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Stanton Williams scoops planning for Nantes Musée d’Art scheme

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Stanton Williams has landed planning permission for its £42 million art museum project in Nantes, France

The 20,000m² competition-winning scheme will start on site this month and is schedule to complete its first phase in Autumn 2013.

In 2009 the studio beat Dominique Perrault Architecture to bag the project which overhauls a 1900 building formerly home to the city’s Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Stanton Williams' competition-winning design for an art museum in Nantes, France

Stanton Williams’ competition-winning design for an art museum in Nantes, France

Stanton Williams director Patrick Richards said: ‘The new museum will offer state of the art facilities to exhibit the museum’s impressive collections of art and allow to expand the ambitious program of exhibition that have helped the museum to establish a strong reputation as one of the leading museum in France and abroad.

‘The natural day lit galleries of the Palais have been the inspiration for the new extension with its dramatic light wells and translucent marble facade.’

The design features a 5,800m² extension for hosting twenty-first century art as well as administrative and curatorial facilities and an external sculpture court.


Project data


Location: Nantes, France
Type of Project: Museum
Architects: Stanton Williams
Client: Ville de Nantes
Structural Engineers: RFR
M&E consultant: Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor: Sodeg Ingenieurie
Gross internal floor area: 20,000m²

Stanton Williams' art museum project in Nantes, France

Stanton Williams’ art museum project in Nantes, France



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