November 28, 2017 - Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés Architecture et Urbanisme - Inauguration of Muse and the Amphithéâtre District in Metz, France
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November 28, 2017
November 28, 2017

Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés Architecture et Urbanisme

Centre Pompidou-Metz, Muse and Amphithéâtre District, Metz, France. Architect: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés. Photo: Fabrice Fouillet.

Inauguration of Muse and the Amphithéâtre District in Metz, France
Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés Architecture practice has designed the new district facing the Centre Pompidou-Metz art museum
November 27, 2017, 4pm
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Today’s approach to the development of new districts composing urban mix and connected by transportation hubs is part of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés’ work.

Laid out by the Centre Pompidou-Metz art museum, the new Amphithéâtre District in Metz, France, is linked to Paris in little more than an hour by the new high speed train.

The setting of the district reveals the town’s new organization and is guided by its mix of urban functions. It shows the coordination by Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés of five separate architectural practices and client bodies, in order to deliver in one development approximately 80,000 m2 of diverse programs, translating the urban lines of an existing master plan, and vertically composing the elements.

In addition to this orchestral role, Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés is responsible for the conception of the building, known as Muse, forming the base of this operation with its 40,000 m2 of retail space articulated around a mall and an extension of the exhibition space of the Centre Pompidou-Metz.

Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés are also the architects of two superimposed housing developments, embracing social, assisted and private units, as well as offices. With its interior design and landscape departments, Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés designed the gardens, the car park and the interior of all public spaces of the district, characterized by the porosity of its spaces and by the intermingling of public and private sectors.

Topographically, Muse extends along a covered street that opens out opposite the Centre Pompidou-Metz. The housing block on this square, whose façade is clad in a checkerboard pattern of glass panels, rises up to invite the public to enter the shopping space with cafés, exhibition places, library, co-working spaces and restaurants.

The route through Muse, pierced by light wells and glazed roofs, opens up onto two public squares offering relaxation areas and terraces.

A stroll through the building leads through to four works of art by Julio Le Parc, Lionel Estève, Chourouk Hriech and Romain Froquet. The works have been specifically created for the site and make the building a destination in its own right echoing with the Centre Pompidou-Metz art museum.

To the south and preceding the square where the second housing block is located, a large vertical circulation space connects the retail spaces to the car park level.

All these functions find their meaning in the relationship they have to one another and generate an open approach to the town.

This organization of a mixed urban and vertical district represents a new way of imagining the sought-after city experience.


MUSE, Amphithéâtre District, Metz, France
Competition won in 2006
Type of Mission: Architect and general coordinator of block B3-C3; Architect of the Muse building, interior design and landscaping; Architect of "Sérénissime" building, private housing; Architect of "First" building, offices and private housing.

Program: Shops over two levels, offices, housing, retirement homes, services, superstructure gardens, infrastructure car park.

Location: Amphithéâtre district, Metz, France

Clients: Apsys (Muse)
Aegide-Domitys / Adim Metz Habitat / Batigère Sarel / Groupe Claude Rizzon / Lazard Group (Amphithéâtre District)

Total surface: 80,000 m2
Shopping centre and car park: 46,000 m2, 112 retail units / Offices: 5,200 m2 / Housing: 27,100 m2

Structures and Utilities Engineers: SNC Lavalin

Facade Engineers: Arcora

Lighting Engineers: Franck Franjou

Hight Environmental Quality  Engineers: Alto Ingénierie

Inspection Authority: Dekra

JPVA Credits

Architects: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

Organisational Architects and General Coordinator: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

Project Management Architect: Bertrand Beaussillon

Project Leader Architect: Graham Ryder

Project Team: Liam Burns, David Cisar, Nathalie François, Clémence Heurtaux, Sophie Galinand, Catherine Kirk, Thomas Ouanhnon

Interior Designer: Justine Duhautois with Joanna Maksimowicz

Computer Generated Images: Benoît Pérolat with Giovanni Barbagallo, Amélie Bellaud; Jigen, IDA+

Landscape Designer: Benjamin Doré with Arnaud-Mermet Gerlat

Artistic Direction: Manifesto & Eva Albarran & Co

Photographer: Fabrice Fouillet

Head of Communications: Cathy Larqué

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