Glass facade for new French art centre


A contemporary art centre with a chequered glass facade is the latest in a string of cultural buildings to be unveiled this year in the French city of Marseille.

The FRAC (Fond Regional D’art Contemporain) Marseille was designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates as a local facility for the Provence Alpes Cotes d’Azur region.

The design sees hundreds of opaque glass rectangles create a chequerboard across the glazed exterior of the building, arranged at opposing angles to create a variation between light and shadow.


“By this treatment, the building is given openness and transparency that are hard to gain from a conventional glass box,” said the a spokesperson for the architects.

“What we wanted was not a closed gallery but an elevated street that could work as an exhibition space and a workshop.

“In this way inside and outside can be effectively linked, and this is what FRAC has aimed for since its inception.”

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