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.”