Tadao Ando, an award-winning Japanese architect, with his first project of designing a fifty-square meter house, now remodels the ancient building Bourse de Commerce in Paris. This is not the first building François Pinault has worked together with Tadao Ando for a development project; they are known to have a long professional relationship with regards to redevelopment on various sites in Europe. Ando designs he structure with a purpose to create –
‘A Hyphen between the Past and the Present’
The former stock exchange building will now be home to Pinault’s Art Collection. The structure originally consisting of a dome, murals and rotunda, now has an addition of a 33 meter diameter signature layer of cylindrical concrete. Tadao Ando Architecture and Associates approached the central space, which will be occupied as a display for gallery which will further complement the exterior exhibition area.
The historical mural on the cupola is supported by the minimalistic three tier of concrete layer resting on the rotunda. The design is not to blend the historical and modern form of architecture but to stand firm and confront each other.
The remodelled structure also consists of wide opening for the first floors glass and iron balconies to experience the enormous arcade. The circular platform connected by double helix staircases creates an awareness of a fresh exhibition space, giving the visitors an opportunity to observe the mural depicting the French trade between all five continents bedecked on the historical dome.
The experience of walking through the passage between the existing stone wall and the cement structure reflects the correlation between Paris’ current states of architecture.
The Bouroullecs contributed in the outdoor as well as the indoor furniture for the structure. Complementing the spaces besides the main dome, Ando with the NeM architects also designed a foyer with access to natural light, an auditorium and a box theatre. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec also contributed in the glass and iron used throughout the structure, including the outdoor structures.
The Concrete cylinder does not just rest on the ground floor but continues to the basement. Besides the newly designed structure the visitors can look forward to the installations designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and made by Flos Bespoke of a ‘Vertical Light’ and ‘Horizontal Light’.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pinault longed to display his collection to Paris and the world, is finally open to public. Check the link below to book tickets and plan your journey.
Article Writer: Bhumika Kantharia
Editorial Assistant: Abhishek Khanpara
Chief Editor: Jumana N Mohamed
Publisher: Supankan K