9/12/2013

FRAC- Contemporary Art Center


The project of the contemporary art center (FRAC) for the region Provence Alpes Cotes d'Azur (PACA) in Marseille, France, was designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates.  It was designed to represent the 3D version of the "museum without walls" invented by Andr√© Malraux, famous French writer and politician.  It is a museum without a museum, a living and moving place, where the art pieces are in constant movement and join the logic of diffusion and interaction with the visitors.




The building stands up as a landmark with a clearly asserted identity.  It is composed of two recognizable parts; the main body along the street Vincent Leblanc contains the exhibition spaces and documentation center, and a small tower holds the auditorium and children's workshop, offering an upper terrace on the main boulevard.  These two entities are connected by a set of footbridges and are unified by the envelope made by a glass skin, composed of panels with changing opacity.  The building explores the theme of the windows and openings on different scales.  KKAA wishes to create a particular space of creation and life, which action and effect is bounded to the entire city, as well as the surrounding district and neighborhood.