MUCEM – MUSÉE DES CIVILISATIONS DE L'EUROPE ET DE LA MÉDITERRANÉE, Marseille

Mucem Museum, Marseille

Mucem Museum, Marseille

Mucem Museum, Marseille

Mucem Museum, Marseille

Architects: Rudy Ricciotty architecte, Bandol
Exhibition Designer: Studio Adeline Rispal, Paris

On the occasion of the city's appointment to Europe's Cultural Capital 2013 Marseille has extended its cultural programme by a number of prominent museum buildings. Picturesquely located on pier J4 and connected to Fort St. Jean through a slender foot bridge, the MuCEM resides directly on the Mediterranean shore.

It is not only by virtue of its particular location that the Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée, built by Rudy Ricciotti, is possibly the most charismatic recent addition to Marseille's architectural environment. The diaphanous glass volume is enshrouded by a mashrabiya-like concrete mesh structure that bears great resemblance with water ripples, at closer inspection. The ground floor of the 4-storey building houses the MuCEM's vast collection that has been fashioned into a permanent exhibition. Studio Adeline Rispal has provided the exposition with a sensitive and fleet-footed museography setting.

The scenography equipment and the lighting alike connect to the ceiling coves, unfolding between the ceiling's concrete girders. These moulded grooves house arching brackets that support both, rails for stores or artwork and lighting elements. Track projectors connect directly to these arching brackets by fashion of a modified luminaire base. These projectors can be positioned freely on every arch and their location can be fully adapted to their orientation and beam angle.

 

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