In 2018, we had the opportunity to express our opinion on the creation of a visual identity for the Musée de la Romanité in Nîmes. A museum that has since opened its doors to visitors and is located right opposite the famous Roman arena. Unfortunately, the project teams in charge of this call for tenders didn't seem to be "una-Nîmes-ous" on our proposals. Despite this, we invite you to discover our research...
An architectural dialogue between yesterday and today
In 2006-2007, preventive excavations uncovered a domus (Roman house) and two mosaics, Achilles and Pentheus, in perfect condition. They are even described by specialists as "the most beautiful pieces after those in Pompeii". This was the starting point for the project to build a museum worthy of the name.
Launched in June 2011, the jury of the architectural competition selected Elizabeth de Portzamparc's project. Facing the Nîmes Arènes, the museum will engage in a genuine architectural dialogue between the two buildings, which are separated by 2,000 years of history. The two buildings harmoniously oppose and complement each other in their shapes, lines and masses: the round and the rectangle, the vertical and the horizontal, the density of stone and the lightness of glass.
For us, the challenge was to offer a resolutely contemporary interpretation of a subject that can easily fall into a classical - not to say nostalgic - mindset. In short, how to make this ancient heritage current, lively and desirable!