Architectural firm Stanton Williams has secured approval to complete the €48.8m transformation and extension of the Musée d’Art de Nantes in France, ahead of schedule.
The Mayor of Nantes announced a shorter timeline for completion of the project with the museum opening in 2016, instead of a phased opening by 2018.
Quille Construction, a subsidiary of Bouygues UK, is serving as the contractor for the project.
Under the project, the existing museum building will be renovated to house additional exhibition spaces for art.
The project will also include the creation of a new 5,800m² extension, educational facilities, an auditorium, a library and an external sculpture court.
Stanton Williams won an international competition to transform the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes in autumn 2009.
The firm said the design strategy creates an architectural and cultural promenade, whilst also improving the relationship between the museum and its setting.
The design’s urban context intends to improve public access throughout the museum and transform its image from a closed, introverted institution to an open and transparent one.
Visual connections will be created between the refurbished galleries the original museum, and there will be a consistent palette inside and out.
Stanton Williams said that marmarino plaster is used to create a smooth effect similar to that of the local stone, resulting in a monolithic quality and a sense that the facility has been carved from a single block of stone.