The project finds its ground at the heart of the Richelieu wing of the Louvre, which has been subjected to several refurbishment campaigns. The Studio brings together two programmatic entities that the direction of the museum has wished to connect: the forum, a third-place for the young (exhibition, lectures and resting aera) which is the entry point to the educational workshops, and the educational space itself, which includes training rooms for adults and children, set in the former storage room of the Islamic art department. The forum, a place of conviviality and exchange, is located just across the Great Gallery. The alcoves created by the plan of the vaulted spaces guide its design and use, supported by the arrangements of stands, picture rails and shelving. This modular and evolving space forms a break in the museum’s itinerary: the visitors are invited to discover the workshops, get information or rest. A large wooden base underlines the continuity of the sequence of arches while forming seats and storage units. The bright white backdrop incorporates shelves that acts as dynamic archives displaying the production of the various workshops. The play of curved walls creates meeting places. The windows in and between the rooms and the workshops provide views between the new activities settled in the heart of the Louvre.


Transformation of the museum spaces and storage room of the department of Islamic art into a forum, pedagogical and training centre
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Musée du Louvre
h2o architectes (lead architects) with Équilibre Structures (structure engineer), INEX (fluid engineer), Cabinet Philippe Votruba (economy), ON (lighting), Labeyrie & associés (multimedia), Wanja Ledowski Studio (signage) and CASSO & Associés (fire safety)
1 720 m²
Delivered in November 2021