October 6, 2005
Image courtesy Bruno Delamain
/ Atelier d'architecture Chaix & Morel et associés
The Musée du Grand Palais, in
Paris, which closed in 1993 after a rivet fell from its steel-and-glass
roof, reopened in September. The extended period of closure
was largely the result of bureaucratic wrangling over the
$122 million budget, which delayed the project until 2001.
Although Paris-based architect Alain Perrot's work on the
foundations and metal structure is complete, the restoration
of the façade will take another two years. The 145,000-square-foot
hall will be used as a multipurpose venue.
The Musée du Petit Palais has
also been closed for four years, and is reopening in December.
Philippe Chaix, of Chaix & Morel, the Paris-based architecture
firm in charge of the renovation, says they worked on "restoring
the clarity and unity of the original architecture."
The museum's collection of artifacts and artworks, which date
from antiquity to the 20th Century, will be displayed in larger
exhibition halls which have been relit. The $87-million refit
includes a refurbished café, auditorium, and bookshop.