The Musée des Augustins overlaps the Convent des Augustins throughout history. The charm of the museum lies in this symbiosis where the value of the art works and the museographic itinerary are inseparable from the spatial context of the convent. The new entrance of the museum will also be the new door of the convent: it should clearly open to the city and at the same time turn to the cloister with serenity, respecting the spatial values of the convent.
The new composition occupies the old southern wing of the cloister, recovering the dimension of the disappeared Chapelle de l’Ecce homo. It aims to restore the ancient matter and distance, currently too fragile, between the convent and the city. This volume brings back thickness to the south wing of the convent and reopens its connections, according to the original composition of the cloister. Continue reading Aires Mateus