Odile Decq & Benoît Cornette | Frac
The FRAC project, within the tight borders of the constraints of urban regulation, reinterpreted the apparent contradictory and dual idea of the necessary urban inscription simultaneously to that of immaterial escape, from nature to artificial, from heavy to light, from shade to brightness.
In architecture, the section reveals the invisible; the section represents a specific point of view. In the FRAC project, the section reveals itself in the transfer from horizontal to vertical, from outside to inside and outside again, from the foyer towards the artworks.
The exhibition areas and other activities are both separate and articulated. The system of transition through which atrium and ramps contaminate and irrigate space around, each element becomes attractive.
Being in permanent research, exploring, questioning, going beyond, looking for the point of rupture, limit of tension : these are the basis of numerous artworks in contemporary art. So does it reflect the architect’s work, too. The FRAC project tempts to explore some of these processes. A place for contemporary art made as a sensatory experience. The entrance, the foyer, the ramps, passerelles, the terrace on top ; all these places have been conceived to carry along the visitor in a long course parcours, in a vertical promenade through the building. This parcours is one of permanent discovery. The space is never centralized ; attracting upwards or dissolving themselves, the perspectives always remain tangential an offer sequences of points of view. The space is never static but always dynamic and carries along the visitor in a constant exploration. Then, the sequences of this vertical promenade offer experience.
Superficie: 5000 m2
Cost: 11 m€
Mission: award winner, under construction
Program: exibition spaces, stockroom, library, workspace, conference room, café
Dates: competition 2005 – under construction – delivery 2011