Design competition

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    Design competition
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    M. Yves BARROUX board chairman
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    Design competition selection board
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    Winner designation, January 2011
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    Selection board, January 2011
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    Contract signing, March 2011

The mission was the transformation of a former branch of the Banque de France, a listed historical monument, into a City specifically focused on presenting economic and money-related themes with a highly educational and play-oriented approach. The contractor’s missions include architectural, scenographic and museographic elements with a considerable focus on multimedia technologies.

The total available area amounts to circa 7,500 m2 (total floor area), corresponding to a net area of approximately 4,700 m2, largely open to the public. In addition to the 2,600 m2 dedicated to permanent and temporary exhibitions, the City will house a 120-seat auditorium, a library focused on economics education, pedagogical workshops and a café.

Aimed at a wide public, in particular schools, the City will be a lively, interactive, cooperative and socially aware place that opens its doors to young people and civil society. Rooms will be made user-friendly with interactive games, simulators of economic and monetary policy and lively models, etc. The Banque de France remarkable collection of coins, notes, furniture used in the banking profession and banknote/coin manufacturing machines will also be presented.

The Banque de France wishes the City to respect the building historical character and the spirit of the place: coherently with the museographic project, the City will be a perfect blend of a state-of-the-art design and an exceptional building.

The selection board, chaired by Yves Barroux, General Director at the Banque de France in charge of the project, is made up of 12 prominent figures (see opposite). It met on July 21st 2010 to select the six competing teams and on January 6th 2011 to make its proposal to the Banque de France for the designation of the team of architects-museographers to be awarded the contract.
 

Selection board

Yves BARROUX
Chairman of the jury - General Director, Banque de France

Henri BRESLER
Architect

Michèle DEBONNEUIL
Economist

Hervé GONSARD
Director of the Governor’s private office, Banque de France

Pierre JAILLET
Director General Economics and International, Banque de France

Marie-Christine LABOURDETTE
Director of the Museums of France, Ministry of Culture and Communication

Gabor MESTER DE PARAJD
Chief Architect of Historic Monuments

Jacques MISTRAL
Director of Economic Research at the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI)

Danièle POURTAUD
Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of heritage

Frédéric PEYRET/Armand PUJAL
General Secretary, Banque de France

François SEIGNEUR
Architect/visual artist

Antoine STINCO
Architect


Published on 6 July 2011.