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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Eco Museum in Rennes, France by Guinée Potin Architects

April 30th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Taking into account a strong natural context, the project shows a wood skin drawing with a graphic pattern, composing a generous scale for a “building-sign”, real “Eco-museum” showcase.

Eco Museum

  • Architects: Guinée Potin Architects
  • Project: Eco Museum
  • Location: Rennes, France
  • Architects Team: Anne-Flore Guinée, Hervé Potin.
  • Collaborators: Céline Monvoisin, Solen Nico
  • Engineering: ISATEG, Nantes, France
  • Software used: Autocad and Photoshop, Sketchup for 3d models


  • Client: Rennes Métropole
  • Program: Exhibition room and conference, entrance hall and offices for the “Eco-museum” of Rennes
  • Surfaces: 880 m²
  • Competition: 2007 (prize winner)
  • Studies: 2007
  • Construction: 2008
  • Delivery: January 2010
  • Cost: 1850 000 € HT (without VAT)

Exhibition Room

This formal intention, in addition to its impact, symbolises the program “Eco-museum” program, real exemplary teaching tool, this in prospect to a successful environmental integration. Holding account of the will to use natural materials, we have chosen materials principle “eco-biological”:


The extension of the entrance hall and the temporary exhibition is in timber framework and timber cladding. The use of “dry” producer allows a management of a clean building site, the conservation to the maximum of trees and the continuous use of existing buildings in period of work.


Southern side, the timber framework will put down an ecological concrete wall base and tinted in the mass with natural pigments. Above this wall base, the timber cladding is in natural wood shingles (chestnut) drawing graphic pattern and cover Eastern side of existing building with panel-insulating cladding.

North Elevation

North View

Tree-Trunk Detail

View from Gardens

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