On May 25, 2011, Governor Christian Noyer announced to the press the launching by the Banque de France of the “Cité de l’Économie et de la Monnaie” project.
This museum should enable the general public, and in particular the youth, to improve their knowledge of economics. Located in the former Banque de France branch of Paris-Malesherbes, it will present, in an interactive form, the main concepts of economics and money. It will also showcase part of the Bank’s collections of banknotes, coins, machinery and furniture.
A European-wide competition was launched in May 2010 to select, among a hundred applications, both from France and abroad, six teams, which submitted their projects in November. These projects were examined by a high-level jury in early 2011.
The team that was selected by the jury and chosen by the Banque de France in March 2011, is led by the firm of architects of Yves Lion, in cooperation with the museographer – scenographer François Confino. The Ateliers Lion have recently worked on several projects related to historical monuments, in particular at the Louvre museum (porte des Lions) and in Dijon (musée des beaux arts). The Confino agency, which came in the spotlight with the success of the Cités-Ciné exhibition in la Villette, has just opened an automobile museum in Turin and is involved in setting up the Charlie Chaplin museum in Switzerland.
Published on 30 August 2011.