Musée des Arts Decoratifs, 1998-2006


Location: Paris

Architects: Oscar Tusquets Blanca and Bruno Moinard


Project Coordinator: Carles Díaz

Architect: Andrés Monzú and Vicent Coste

Built area: 4.565 m2

Restructuring of a vital part (17th-20th centuries) of this historic museum housed in a wing of the Louvre. A project marked by bureaucratic battles that stretched on from 1998 to 2006.

    Battles won: the organization of the layout, respect for the structure of the historic building, preservation of the great windows (which the conservators wanted to brick up), the design of podiums and display cases, and the assembly of some rooms (particularly for the 19th century).

    Battles lost: the abandonment of many attractive ideas for the visitor, greater selectivity in the jumble of works on show and, above all, the artificial lighting, which we envisaged as a recreation of the lighting of the periods in question (The Draughtsman’s Contract, Barry Lyndon...) and which ended up as boutique spotlights.