Conservation Centre for the MUCEM
Conservation Centre for the MUCEM
Photo © David Huguenin

The MuCEM will have at its disposal the Centre for Conservation and Resources located in the Belle de Mai district, near the Saint-Charles railway station.
Conservation Centre for the MUCEMDesigned by architect Corinne Vezzoni and born of a public-private partnership, it will house, over 13,000 m², all of the reserve collections of the museum as well as its documentary holdings, library and scientific archives.
Conservation Centre for the MUCEMThe facility will be open to heritage professionals, researchers and students. The general public will also be able to visit part of the reserve collection.
Conservation Centre for the MUCEMThe first objective of the centre is, of course, to support the principal missions of the museum: to store, preserve, study, document, maintain and develop the collections.
Conservation Centre for the MUCEMTo this end it will offer modern storage facilities meeting the standards for preventative conservation, workshops for preparation and restoration, a photography studio and an anoxic chamber for treatment to prevent the risk of infestations…
Conservation Centre for the MUCEMBeyond these essential functions, the centre aims to become a living space, a real tool for the enhancement and dissemination of the collections through an active policy of loans and deposits. It will also be a working tool for researchers and students by making entire collections and holdings of the MuCEM accessible.
Conservation Centre for the MUCEMThe proposed Conservation Centre for the MUCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations) reserves fits uncompromisingly and compactly into the site among the nearby industrial buildings. With the same floor area (72×72 m) as the MUCEM, the Conservation Centre integrates the notion of thickness.
Conservation Centre for the MUCEMUnlike the museum which displays what is to be seen, the centre houses what is not to be seen: in other words, the museum’s reserves which, like a secret, are kept hidden behind the scenes. Natural light enters through the carved-out core of this rock-like, rough-cast concrete monolith.
Conservation Centre for the MUCEMLocation: Marseille, France
Architect: Vezzoni & Associés
Associated contractors: AURA / A.Jollivet architecte, Mazet et associés, Ingerop ingénierie
Contracting authority: Icade Promotion
Total floor area: 13,033 sq. m
Cost: € 13.2 Mil.
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Huguenin
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