In 2007, Avesta Group was consulted to work on the planning and the architectural concept of the Louvre-Lens Museum.
The Musée du Louvre-Lens is designed by Japanese architectural firm SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa), along with Le Studio Adrien Gardère and landscape designer Catherine Mosbac.
Situated on 50 acres that were once a significant coal mining site. The Museum consists of five buildings, including four rectangular buildings with one large square building in the centre, mirroring the design of the Paris Louvre with its two outstretched wings.
The museum displays objects from the collections of the Musée du Louvre in three main galleries: the Galerie du Temps, the Pavillon de Verre and a temporary exhibition gallery.
The master wing of the museum, the Galerie du Temps, exhibits masterpieces from the Paris Louvre.
The Pavillon de Verre (Glass Pavilion) is a continuation of the Galerie du temps, where visitors can view artworks from nearby museums in the region.
This museum is also unique in that it gives a behind-the-scenes view of the inner-workings of the museum by allowing the public to see into its storerooms and restoration rooms.
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