OMA wins Québec museum expansion

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The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has won the competition to design a major expansion to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). OMA's MNBAQ expansion, which will be 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 it with the surrounding park and initiate new links with the city.



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The 12,000 sq. m. 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. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2013.
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The three stacked galleries vary in size, as you can see on the axo and models included below: contemporary exhibitions (50m x 50m), the permanent contemporary collection (45m x 35m) and design / Inuit exhibits (42.5m x 25m). The cantilever over the street creates the grand hall, a 14m tall transparent space connected to the park, starting point of an ascending path trough the boxes.
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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."
The other firms on the short list were:
• Barkow Leibinger Architekten/Imrey Culbert Architects, Berlin and New York
• Brière, Gilbert et Associés/Nieto Sobejano, Montreal, Quebec
• Fichten Soiferman et Associés Architectes/Allied Works Architecture, Montreal, Quebec
• Groupe ARCOP/David Chipperfield Architects, London, England
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