Museum master David Chipperfield celebrates French win

David Chipperfield Architects has won a competition to design the Musée des Beaux-arts in Reims, France, which will be clad in translucent marble and glass.

Situated between Reims’ old and new town, the building contains three volumes, with three floors displaying work from the 15th to the 21st century.

A 12m-high hall spans an excavation site with mediaeval remains and provides a publicly accessible transition space between inside and outside.

Chipperfield is regarded as a museum specialist, having designed the UK’s River and Rowing Museum and Turner Contemporary, as well as the  Figge Art Museum in Iowa, USA, and the Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach, Germany.

Construction on the Reims museum is due to start in 2015.