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Honorable Mention: Best Museum Musée Louvre-Lens, Lens, France

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Designed by Kazuyo Sejimam and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA

Clad in glass and lightly reflective anodized aluminum, the Paris Louvre’s newest satellite museum in the former coal-mining town of Lens quietly dissolves into its surroundings, which includes a public park designed by Catherine Mosbach. Its massive Grande Galerie provides a single room in which works are organized chronologically along its length and geographically across its width. The most unique aspect, however, is the multimedia Discovery Area, which overlooks on-site restoration workshops and museum reserves—areas that are historically off-limits to visitors. louvrelens.fr

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Honorable Mention: Best Museum Musée Louvre-Lens, Lens, France

Designed by Kazuyo Sejimam and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA

Clad in glass and lightly reflective anodized aluminum, the Paris Louvre’s newest satellite museum in the former coal-mining town of Lens quietly dissolves into its surroundings, which includes a public park designed by Catherine Mosbach. Its massive Grande Galerie provides a single room in which works are organized chronologically along its length and geographically across its width. The most unique aspect, however, is the multimedia Discovery Area, which overlooks on-site restoration workshops and museum reserves—areas that are historically off-limits to visitors. louvrelens.fr

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