Musee D'Orsay

To retrofit this historic railway station turned museum, architect Gae Aulenti created two rows of freestanding stone facades within the train station's barrel-vaulted nave.  The facades serve as walls for the new museum and openings between panels draw visitors into the gallery space.


A broken frieze, unifies the 'streeetfront' but has been linked to Egyptian architecture, making for an uneasy mix of architectural vocabularies. Display space is also situated along the station's old arcade level where the architect chose stone over glazed ironwork for infill of the arches, the effect can appear heavy.


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