Vitry-sur-Seine, Mac Val Museum, France

Vitry-sur-Seine, Mac Val, France

The MAC VAL museum, first contemporary art museum in the Paris suburbs with 2,500 pieces of art, aimed to draw the picture of artistic creation in France from the 1950’s up until today.

The lighting design proposed for the entire Val de Marne area museum allowed qualifying, through light, the different journeys and spaces created. Natural light leads the visitor to the heart of the museum, then from room to room, highlighting the volume of the spaces. Artificial lighting merges inconspicuously with daylight during daytime atmospheres.

Sheds make a statement for the museum, through a play of transparencies and discoveries of illuminated surfaces, that foster visitors’ perception of the museum’s architecture.

A centralized management system pilots all lighting devices, turning them on and off on time-clock based on seasons and usage. Photocells turn on when a natural light threshold is reached.


Lighting design: Concepto
Project management: Lead Architect Atelier RIPAULT/DUHART architects, Landscape design Latitude Nord
Contracting owner: Val de Marne contemporary art museum, Vitry-sur-Seine
Area: 13,000m²
Study: from 1998 to 2003
Completion: 2005

Photo credit: Concepto