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Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre . Tours

Aires Mateus . Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre . Tours (1)

Aires Mateus . photos: © Benoit Fougeirol . + Mies van der Rohe Award


Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre among the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award nominated works.

The project originated in the existing conditions: a valuable architectural heritage, a particular urban context, a lucid ambition expressed by the competition brief. Accompanying them is the unique illuminating vision of reality in the work of Olivier Debré.
The project strives to clarify the building components in their reciprocal relationships, the urban context and the program they will contain. Two isolated volumes are proposed, two moments that belong to separate times: the preexisting main volume is preserved and isolated to intensify its symbolic value as a public building that belongs to a specific historical moment; a new volume emerges alongside, juxtaposed to the older one with its absence of scale and time. The distance between the two volumes is measured by a transparent and communicative body of light that makes the complex permeable and gives meaning to its urban condition.

Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Year completed
2016 (Year began 2014)


Francisco Aires Mateus (1964 Portugal); Manuel Aires Mateus (1963 Portugal)

Coordination: Anna Bacchetta Collaborator (office): André Ribeiro , Pauline Pontisso , Mario Serrano , Lourenço Amaro , Alexandre Branco , Mafalda Girão , Cristina Vasconcelos , Vega Solaz Soler , Anca Maria Pasarin , Boldizsar Medvey Local Executive Architect: AAVP , B+B Engineering: BEA Lighting: LIGHTECH Acoustical: INACOUSTICS
Total area
1.930 m2

Usable floor area
5.300 m2

1.800 €/m2

Tour(s)Plus, Communauté d’agglomération

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