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OMA wins competition for the expansion to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 |

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), has won the competition for a major expansion to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). The 12,000m2 new building, a cascade of three overlapping boxes at the juncture of downtown Quebec City and the historic Battlefields Park, will be OMA’s first built project in Canada.

OMA wins competition for the expansion to the Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec

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The winner was announced today by MNBAQ President Pierre Lassonde and the Quebec Minister of Culture, Mme. Christine St-Pierre. The design, led by OMA partners Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas in collaboration with associate Jason Long, was chosen unanimously from five submissions by internationally renowned architecture offices.

OMA wins competition for the expansion to the Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec

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Rendering by Luxigon

OMA’s expansion of MNBAQ – linked underground with the museum’s three existing buildings – is located on Quebec’s main promenade, Grande-Allée, adjacent to St. Dominique Church. The design aims to integrate the building with the surrounding park and initiate new links with the city. Three stacked galleries of decreasing size – housing contemporary exhibitions (50m x 50m), the permanent contemporary collection (45m x 35m) and design / Inuit exhibits (42.5m x 25m) – ascend from the park towards the city, forming a dramatic cantilever towards the Grande-Allée and a 14m-high Grand Hall, welcoming the public into the new building.

OMA wins competition for the expansion to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

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Rendering by Luxigon

Shohei Shigematsu commented: “Our ambition is to create a dramatic new presence for the city, while maintaining a respectful, even stealthy approach to the museum’s neighbours and the existing museum. The resulting form of cascading gallery boxes enhances the museum experience by creating a clarity in circulation and curation while allowing abundant natural light into the galleries.”

OMA wins competition for the expansion to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

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The project will be executed by OMA’s New York office in collaboration with Provencher + Roy Associés Architectes with an anticipated completion date of fall 2013.

OMA wins competition for the expansion to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

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OMA wins competition for the expansion to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

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OMA wins competition for the expansion to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

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Comments:
Lukas
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Yawn, why even make these announcements when one of a small group of architects is awarded a prestigious project as it is their turn in the rotation?

Lev
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Has anyone else seen a winter rendering in a winning entry before?

Pat
Chicago
Thursday, April 01, 2010
This is crazy! I designed a fashion gallery for the west side of chicago for my second year studio final project and it has an almost identical concept! I was way underappreciated by my professor...

Putra
Indonesia
Friday, April 02, 2010
@Pat: Then your professor needs to read this article. wink

hematophobia
Friday, April 02, 2010
cascading gallery boxes
new museum..?

Goldman Renders - Brian
Venice, California
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Very nice project! Renderings are well thought and created to show the advantages of the building.

studio dodici
japan
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I like the project because it is rational and straight to the point. The distribution is simple yet flexible.
But... how will it look from the promenade once the glass will blear for the winter frost?...

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