Stone Interpretive Centre
Reconditioning of a listed building as a museum
The former Musée de la Pierre (stone museum) developed on the first floor in Hall 1, accessible via the stairway leading from the steps at the front of the building. Part of the ground floor of Hall 1 provided space for temporary exhibitions.
The new project aims to develop a new stone interpretive centre that is more educational in character compared to a “museum” in the strict sense. The interpretive centre will occupy the whole of the two Halls. Their interior volumes and magnificent glass roofs represent one of the particularities of these two Halls.
The structure is a listed building of great architectural as well as historical interest. It is a former power station in which it is still possible today to admire the fuse-board along one of the walls in Hall 1. The new intervention has an industrial character, achieved through the use of materials like concrete and metal. It respects the existing envelope and remains as detached as possible in order to preserve the lightness of the existing structure. The use of metallic structures reinforces the reversible character of the work carried out.
The project makes the building accessible to persons with reduced mobility, primarily by installing an elevator in Hall 2, a specially adapted ramp, and disabled toilets.