Opening Date Set for Tadao Ando’s Bourse de Commerce

John Hill
8. octubre 2020
Photo: Patrick Tourneboeuf, courtesy Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection © Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, NeM / Niney & Marca Architectes, Agence Pierre-Antoine Gatier, Setec Bâtiment

Originally planned to open in June of this year but delayed due to COVID-19, Tadao Ando’s renovation of Paris's Bourse de Commerce for François Pinault is now scheduled to open on January 23, 2021.

Bourse de Commerce is not the first building Ando has designed for the Pinault Collection. It follows three commissions in Venice: Palazzo Grassi (2006), Punta della Dogana (2009), and Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi (2013). Like those earlier projects, Bourse de Commerce is a renovation, of Paris's circular stock exchange building into a private art museum.

Ando inserted a concrete cylinder (below video) beneath Bourse de Commerce's impressive glass dome. As described by Ulf Meyer, when he visited the building in the spring ahead of its original opening, "a double-spiral in the central rotunda with its long ramps will create a perpetual movement of visitors, animating the space. The bare exposed concrete walls have precise details, sharp corners and smooth surfaces that are Ando’s signature."

Costing around $170 million, the 130,000-sf project will be the largest museum operated by the French billionaire and his eponymous art company. Today's announcement sets the revised opening date as January 23, 2021, but does not offer any additional details.

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