Do you Like It?

October 13, 2007

A friend of mine recently came back from a trip to Paris, where she had the opportunity to visit Jean Nouvel's Musee du Quai Branly. There has been a fair amount of press about the live green exterior walls, but I had previously heard very little about the interior spaces. My friend (another architect) seemed to be disappointed by the interior. The dark interiors provided little wayfinding, and what signage was available seemed to be difficult to read; too dark, too small, or inscribed on the wrong kind of surface. So, when I read the Itinerant Urbanist's very similar take on the museum, it made me wonder if anyone is pleased with the project. It seems that so often we are quick to applaud the works of well known architects, whether they are deserving or not. So I'm curious as to what in particular about this project causes architects to be so disappointed. Surely there are worse projects...

Have any of you readers visited the Musee du Quai Branly? And if so, what do you think?

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