FRAC PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Regional Contemporary Art Fund building)

Kengo Kuma

France

2013

Evoking an haute couture dress, the façade of this building is covered with a glass skin made of “white scales”.
When the architecture is viewed in its entirety, each scale seems identical, but as one draws closer one can see that each panel is unique and bears a vast number of drops of white enamel. White spots, which in the eyes of architect Kengo Kuma are like so many photons that make up the unique and complex light of the Mediterranean.

Techniques:
The glass scales, placed on the façade using a non-penetrating fastening system, are made of tempered laminated extra-white glass. Each panel was enamelled by hand-applying a large number of drops of white enamel. Five million drops of milky-white enamel adorn the façade.

Features: 1,650 hand-enamelled glass panels
Design and execution: Atelier Emmanuel Barrois
Architect: Kengo Kuma
Client: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region