New acquisitions. Manuelle Gautrand, the winner of a European competition to restructure and extend Villeneuve d'Ascq museum of modern art
New acquisitions. In 2002, the architect, Manuelle Gautrand, was named winner of a European competition to restructure and extend Villeneuve d'Ascq museum of modern art. Set in vast grounds, the original building, designed in 1983 by Roland Simounet is a clever brick and concrete architecture design with geometric spaces and intimately designed areas offering views of the grounds. Manuelle Gautrand's extension envelops the building with five, organic, concrete, pearly-tinted structures, extending like long fingers. Each of these 'fingers' terminates in an opening, leading onto the grounds, hidden behind a concrete filigree redolent of North African mashrabiyas. Both strong and discreet, Manuelle Gautrand's architecture engages into a fertile and poetic dialogue with the original building.