Renovation or construction of :
museums and private foundations

Designing and building a museum or foundation is an ambitious project that needs to be perfectly surrounded in order to play an active part in preserving our cultural and artistic heritage, while at the same time attracting visitors.

Technological advances, changing cultural trends in response to public demand, and improved conservation standards for works of art have considerably raised the expectations of building owners in their projects for cultural and philanthropic institutions.

As an Assistant Project Manager , our role is to take into account current developments and new visitor expectations in terms of customer experience and pathways, accessibility and positive environmental impact. We seek to understand these needs in order to establish an ambitious and precise program, and accompany you in a meaningful project.

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What are the challenges involved in building a museum or a private foundation?

Make our cultural and artistic heritage accessible to all:

The primary purpose of a museum or foundation is to disseminate and preserve our artistic and cultural heritage. This philanthropic approach can only work by attracting visitors to an atypical, remarkable site that fits in perfectly with its surroundings.
The visit to the site, its spaces and its scenographic ambience are an integral part of the visitor experience. They are just as much a part of the excitement and renown as the works on display. Who doesn't remember the play of the sun on the façade of the MUCEM (Marseille, 13), the water mirror serving as the ceiling at the Fondation Carmignac (Porquerolles, 83) or the spectacular view from behind the clock at the Musée d'Orsay (Paris, 75)?

Nowadays, museums and foundations are also expanding by creating additional destinations: catering, accommodation, a place for children to relax... These complementary activities attract a wider audience who stay longer and return again and again. They help personalize the customer experience.
Our approach to disseminating our cultural heritage also involves paying particular attention to the accessibility of the site. The reception area, itinerary and facilities must be designed with inclusion and diversity in mind, by offering a broad welcome to the visually, motor and hearing impaired...

Architecture is therefore a key lever for attracting and retaining visitors. Programming such a construction project is a crucial step in ensuring that the project's challenges are understood and integrated into the chosen design.

Preserving this heritage

Moreover, building a foundation or a museum involves technical issues that need to be taken into account right from the start of the project.
First and foremost, the safety and security of the site must be thought through in advance and integrated into the project to facilitate site management and security. Welcoming the public also entails the implementation of important fire safety standards, which need to be integrated right from the design stage.

Works of art must be exhibited and stored under special, restrictive conditions for their preservation and protection. Technical advances in BMS (Building Management Systems) offer modern, efficient solutions for simplified, precise maintenance. Thermal environment, hygrometry, ventilation, air renewal, luminosity and solar radiation are all elements that need to be mastered in order to transmit our cultural and artistic heritage.

Interior fittings must meet the challenge of showcasing the works on display. An in-depth study of the scenography and flexibility of the spaces will optimize future exhibitions and allow for successive layouts, as and when required. This will enable us to create interactive educational programs that actively engage visitors' senses.

Taking technical needs into account is therefore a key lever for preserving and disseminating our cultural heritage. These issues are defined at the programming stage, but become particularly acute during the project design phase.

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Making the construction of the museum or foundation part of a sustainable approach

Last but not least, the project to disseminate and pass on our cultural heritage cannot be conceived without an environmentally sustainable approach. The transmission of our artistic heritage is an integral part of the transmission of our resources. It's essential to design a building that's built to last, using renewable resources and with minimal energy consumption. This is how it will live on through the generations, just as works of art have done up to now.

This heightened attention to the project's sustainability contributes to the building's integration into its environment and territory. By taking into account the needs and habits of local communities, it becomes part of a territory and contributes to its tourism development. Greater attention to local know-how and materials will enable the project to be extended to a larger scale.

This transmission and durability can also be expressed in the statutory nature of the project. An iconic building facilitates the development of the brand image and logo, and strengthens the communication and marketing needed to raise the profile of the foundation and the museum. The project's uniqueness and boldness make it even more eye-catching when it comes to setting up partnerships, advertising campaigns and media communications.

A commitment to environmental sustainability must be at the heart of every project phase. From initial programming to LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) calculation, each stage is important to guarantee a level of requirements adapted to the challenges of the project.

Why organize an architectural competition with BAM for your museum or foundation construction project?

Organizing an architectural competition with BAM for the creation of a museum or foundation offers a host of invaluable advantages.

When you work with BAM, you benefit from decades of specialized expertise in the coordination and execution of internationally renowned architectural competitions. Our meticulous approach guarantees not only a rigorous selection of the most promising architectural talent, but also creative diversity and innovative ideas for your project.

By choosing BAM, you gain access to a global network of leading architects, raise the profile of your initiative, and ensure exceptional architectural design that transcends standards and impresses with originality, functionality and aesthetics.

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