Narbonne, France, gets Roman History Museum designed by Foster + Partners

The British architectural studio Foster+Partners is collaborating with a French museum specialist Studio Adrien Gardere on a construction of the Musee de la Romana Narbonne- a museum and an archeology centre that will house Roman artefacts in Narbonne in the Southern France. Besides the ancient relics uncovered by archeological digs in the area, Museum will also host research and restoration facilities, an education centre, a  library and storage areas.

"Inspired by the natural setting and the fascinating collection of Roman artefacts, the building hopes to strengthen the connections with the landscape and the region's incredible past, as well as being a major centre for research, restoration and interpretation of the story of antiquity of the wider region," said Spencer de Grey, head of design at Foster + Partners.

Narbonne was a major city and a prosperous port in Roman times, so architects will highlight its historical heritage by using funerary blocks decorated with relief carvings taken and restored from medieval city wall to create a focal point of the public galleries. This wall will also serve as the divider between restoration workshop and the exhibition spaces.

The outdoor setting of the museum will feature landscaping based on French gardens and Roman courtyards together with the amphitheatre for outdoor events.


source: dezeen