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Musée du Louvre
Lens - - first prize
The Louvre-Lens is a planned branch museum of the Musée du Louvre, due to open in 2012 in the industrial French city of Lens, Pas-de-Calais. The building will be capable of receiving between 500 and 600 major works, with a core gallery over several millennia; and should receive about 500,000 visitors per year. The building is composed of a series of low-laying volumes clad in glass and stainless steel in the middle of a 60-acre (240,000 m2) former mining site, largely reclaimed by nature. The estimated cost for this building is 82 million euro.
Associated architects: Imrey-Culbert (New York), landscape architect Catherine Mosbach (Paris).