Back in, by now, 2017, Japanese architect Tadao Ando along with his team unveiled a project to transform the old Bourse de Commerce in Paris built in 1763 into a museum.
The Pinault Collection has in fact requested and obtained the concession of the Bourse de Commerce for 50 years, the French entrepreneur François Pinault will exhibit some valuable pieces of his personal collection. His foundation is not new to such operations, it already manages the exhibition spaces of Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana in Venice.
Now, after several delays due to the pandemic that has delayed the opening, the museum will open its doors to the public on January 23, 2021. Only the last touches are missing, of a project that is futuristic but also quite complex.
The intervention for Tadao Ando has been anything but simple since he is obliged both to respect the original building and adapt it to its new exhibition functions.
But despite these impositions, the Japanese architect, assisted by French architects Pierre-Antoine Gatier, Lucie Niney and Thibault Marca, managed to overcome this challenge as well.
The idea was to insert a new concrete cylinder in the center of the circular building in the style of Tadao Ando, which rises towards the central dome positioned 35 meters high, but without reaching it, thus leaving space for light.
A challenge abundantly overcome by the Japanese architect who now, after years and years, is ready to welcome, as soon as possible, his guests in the 3,000 square meters of modular exhibition space.