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OMA wins competition for Québec Museum Expansion

April 5, 2010 by akheil  
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For Immediate Release:
CONTACT: The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Tel: (212) 337-0770

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)

New York, USA – March 31, 2010 – OMA (The Office for Metropolitan Architecture) was announced as the winner for major expansion to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). The 12,000 square m building is located at the intersection of downtown Quebec City and the historic Battlefields Park. Partners Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas led the design and was unanimously chosen from five submissions by internationally renowned architecture offices.

The building is basically a cascade of three overlapping rectangular boxes, each decreasing in size. It is linked underground with the museum’s three existing buildings. OMA does a wonderful job of integrating the building with the surrounding park and creating new connections to the city. The Three stacked galleries of decreasing size include; housing contemporary exhibitions (50m x 50m), the permanent contemporary collection (45m x 35m) and design / Inuit exhibits (42.5m x 25m) all of which ascend from the park towards the city, forming a dramatic cantilever towards the Grande-Allée and a 14m-high Grand Hall, welcoming the public into the new building.

OMA’s approach to the project was to create a new dramatic presence for the city by designing the highly modern stacked galleries, while still acting as a complement to the surrounding historic buildings. The stacking effect gives a feel of lightness and also provides for better natural lighting inside, a good example of form meeting function.

For more information about this project please visit The Office for Metropolitan Architecture

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