This new history museum sits opposite the Roman amphitheatre in Nîmes: modern architecture with squares, angles and light materials contrasting with the solidity and curves of the ancient structure.
Elizabeth de Portzamparc, the designer of the museum, deliberately chose to give her building a feeling of lightness and levitation, using 6,708 glass tiles on an undulating stainless steel frame, creating a drapery effect that might suggest a Roman toga.
Inside there are excellent exhibitions on the Roman history of the area, well worth the visit. Once you have absorbed the stories it tells, you can look out at the amphitheatre, through the squinting eye windows, and from the roof garden.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 30 September 2018
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