Modern Modern

The Rehabilitation of the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris by h2o architectes

A new house for modern and contemporary art in the structure of a Paris Art Deco icon



Edited by h2o architectes and Building Paris. With contributions by Fabrice Hergott, Anaël Pigeat, h2o architectes, and Studio GGSV. Photographs by Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, Myr Muratet, and Stéphane Chalmeau

1st edition

, 2019

Text English and French


164 pages, 90 color and 25 b/w illustrations and plans

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-177-7


The Palais de Tokyo built for the 1937 International Exhibition of Arts and Technology, is an icon of French Art Deco architecture. Located prominently on the northern bank of the Seine near the Eiffel Tower, the vast complex today is a landmark of modern and contemporary art in the French capital.

Opened as part of the 1937 International Exhibition, the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM) has always had its home in the eastern wing of Palais de Tokyo. After a major refurbishment directed by Paris-based h2o architectes, in collaboration with design firm Studio GGSV, it has been re-inaugurated in October 2019. This book documents the creation of the new MAM. Alongside brief essays and a conversation with h2o architectes’ founding partners Jean-Jacques Hubert and Antoine Santiard, it features plans and visualizations as well as historic photographs. The construction process is illustrated through a photo essay by artist Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann and reportages by photographer Myr Muratet and architect-photographer Stéphane Chalmeau.


Also available by the same editors: Openings. h2o architectes

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Building Paris

  is a Paris-based art direction and design studio founded by Benoît Santiard and Guillaume Grall. A special focus of their work is on architecture books.

h2o architectes

, founded by Charlotte Hubert, Jean-Jacques Hubert and Antoine Santiard, is a Paris-based firm working on projects of various types and scales, from housing to public space and cultural facilities. The office is dedicated to architectural, heritage and urban creation and reprogramming. Unsurprisingly, the historical and social complexity of contexts such as these has given rise to a real suppleness of approach.

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View from the colonnade and the forecourt creating the hub between the Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d’Art Moderne © Stéphane Chalmeau

Entrance hall reconnecting the levels of the Museum © Stéphane Chalmeau

The mezzanine floors framing the triple high volume, introducing a dialogue with the existing structure © Stéphane Chalmeau

View from the MAM looking at the forecourt, partially restored by h2o architectes, and the Eiffel tower © Stéphane Chalmeau

Master plan of the MAM, facing the Palais de Tokyo along the river Seine © h2o architectes

Axonometric view of the level 4, entrance hall reconnected to level 3, and exhibition rooms (New York and Wilson exhibition renovated spaces). © h2o architectes

Detail of the new mezzanine. The project involved a clad structure in keeping with the scale of the monument. © h2o architectes

Musée d’Art Modern under renovation © Myr Muratet


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