LASCAUX IV , The International Centre of Wall Art
Rekindling the Emotion of Lascaux
The history of the Lascaux Cave is a miracle.
It’s a miracle that its sublime paintings have been preserved for many thousands of years.
It’s a miracle that Abbé Breuil discovered them.
The history of Lascaux is alarming.
Will we be able to protect this masterpiece of early mankind and keep it safe in perpetuity?
Fragility magnifies the myth.
Eternity is confronted by fragility, effacement, disappearance.
Emotions will only be preserved if visitors are constantly given a heightened awareness of being part of the Lascaux site, its geology, its biotope:
– If the mass and immovability of the depths and their dark rcesses lend credence to the mysteries of burrowing deep underground.
– If the fragility and immateriality of today’s technologies can sharpen the shock of the encounter between two temporal regimes separated by countless millennia.
For pity’ sake, rule out the Disneyland treatment and any form of commercial pollution of the kind that has ruined the great historic sites with caricatural images and shameful trinkets!
Only art – architecture, light, nature – and a delicate approach can make this place essential viewing as a solemn tribute of the 21st century, an in-situ tribute to a masterpiece of humanity that has come to grief and that we may not get to see anymore...
This dramatic dimension is the key to the emotion.
The scientific campaign needs to be doubled by sensitivity to all the spaces, all the details, all the different kinds of light, all the views.
Project not selected
Montignac Lascaux 24290, France
Conseil général de la Dordogne
Jean NOUVEL Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris, FR)
ASSISTING ARCHITECTS TO JEAN NOUVEL
Ikbal BOUAITA, Camilla CERRI, Pierre VOIRIN
Krystelle DENIS, Catherine KIRK, Cesar PESCE, Soulayma SAYAH
Eugénie ROBERT, Vatsana TAKHAM, Élise TAPONIER
Benjamin ALCOVER, Michael KAFASSI, Mizuho KISHI
Laura GIULIANI (AJN)
Structure : EGIS
Scenography: dUCKS scéno (Michel COVA)
Museographer: Nathalie GRENET
Landscape: Michel DESVIGNE
Lighting Design: MC2
Acoustics: AVEL Acoustique
Sustainable development: NOBATEK
Structure : EGIS
Fire Protection: Casso et Associés
Competition on concept design
Facsimile of the Lascaux cave, museography spaces, brewery, shop and services, parking for 250 cars and landscaping of a park of 6.5 ha.
USABLE FLOOR AREA
7 030 m²
GROSS FLOOR AREA
8 180 m²