Pritzker Prize winner Christian de Portzamparc has designed one of the most ambitious buildings outside of Paris, the €100 million Champs Libres in Rennes, housing a museum, a library and a science space including a planetarium. The structure is sheathed in material reflecting the colors of the Brittany metropolis: the light pink of the schist buildings, the white of its stone houses, the black of roof tiles. Portzamparc has created bridges-inspired by Piranesi-connecting the three different institutions inside the building. The top floor is a re-creation of the apartment of Henri Pollès, a local writer and bibliophile who lived amid a spectacular collection of books in hischambre chinoise.

10 cours des Alliés, 
Rennes, 02.23.40.66.00, 
www.leschampslibres.fr

 

 

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