In 1996, Avesta Group implemented its skill to transform an archaeological site in a one-site museum.
Thirty kilometres to the south of Lyon and on the right bank of the Rhône River, the archaeological site of Saint-Romain-en-Gal – Vienne offers more than three hectares (7.5 acres) of archaeological vestiges of a neighbourhood of the Roman city of Vienne.
During Antiquity, Vienna, as it was known, was the capital of a vast territory covering the Dauphiné and Savoy regions that stretched over each side of the Rhône.
Today, the archaeological site and the Museum of Saint-Romain-en-Gal take visitors 2 000 years back in time to one of the wealthiest cities of Roman Gaule.
To respond to the demands of an on-site museum, award-winning architects Philippe Chaix and Jean-Paul Morel designed two buildings that are very different in their conception.
The ensemble, completed in 1996, covers a surface of more than 12,000 sqm.
Located along the river, the permanent exhibit building constructed on top of a Roman house stands on stilts.
Perpendicular to the Rhône, the main building, constructed in concrete, appears to be anchored to the ground. This building is home to the museum's administration and services: ticket office, a temporary exhibit, boutique and restaurant, as well as a research centre and a mosaic restoration studio.
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