Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tadao Ando | Chateau Lacoste Arts Center | France

Japanese architect Tadao Ando is the master planner of a new Arts Center in the south of France, commissioned by Irish property developer Paddy McKillen.
The arts center currently under construction is located at the Chateau Lacoste winery in Aix-en-Provence also includes structures designed by leading architects: Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Renzo Piano.

Ando drafted the art center’s master plan and designed its 3,000-square-meter (32,000 square
feet) main gallery. 'We're creating a space filled with water and the gallery will appear
to float on top of it,' he mentioned in an interview last year by Bloomberg.
The location holds special meaning because 'Aix-en-Provence is the home of Paul Cezanne, the father of contemporary art.'

The arts center, which is due to open next year, features a music room designed by Gehry
and a wine cellar by Nouvel, and other structures by Piano and Foster, all pritzker laureates.
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