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Musée des Confluences
After a four-year building period, the Musée des Confluences, located at the convergence of the rivers Rhone and Saône, will be opened in 2014. This is one of Coop Himmelb(l)au’s most high profile builds in Europe, featuring two complexly linked architectural units, crystal and cloud.
The cloud structure, floating on pillars, contains a spatial sequence of black boxes admitting no daylight, so as to achieve maximum flexibility for exhibition design. In contrast, the crystal, rising towards the city side, functions as a transparent urban forum. The museum will serve as a central meeting point as well as a place of continuing education.