Architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines designed the building to have a “superstructure” – a curved roof made of wooden hexagonal units supported by a central metallic spire and four conical pillars. The large surface area of this signature roof element covers a collection of interior spaces where three galleries unite.
Inside, a large atrium welcomes visitors and encourages gathering, while the exterior of the building features a terrace and two sculpture gardens. The gardens are landscaped with grassy folds that enable rainwater control and numerous paths that provide pedestrian access to downtown areas and the TVG high speed electric train station.
The new Metz facility provides wider access to the Musee National d'Art Moderne's collection with approximately 54,034 square feet of exhibition space. The new facility also includes an auditorium, caf and restaurant, a bookshop-boutique, resource center, and plenty of public space. It is scheduled to open next month.