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Glass flake facade, La Romanité museum

Nîmes, France


SADEV at the heart of innovation in Nimes (France)

On the 2nd of June 2018, the new Museum in Nîmes opened its doors to the general public and reveal its innovative and original architecture. At the heart of Nîmes, the Museum faces the Roman Arena, highlighting even more the architectural contrast opposing those two buildings.

One of the wishes of Elizabeth de Portzamparc, leader of the project, was to establish a dialogue between two different structures separated by 2 000 years of history. About 7 000 screen-printed glass panels cover the Museum and drape it like a modern Roman toga.

The glass-squared facade also reminds of the Roman mosaic exhibited within the Museum collections. This technologic achievement is a world premiere and required the use of innovative methods to give life to the project.

SADEV especially enabled the adaptation of specific pieces to the constraints that such a unique structure necessitates, keeping the same ethereal aspect originally designed. Indeed, the construction of a 2 500 m² glass facade was only possible thanks to the fixing screw design which permitted to respect the architect first wish to highlight the glass facade and hide any fixation mark. In order to do that, we used a specific screw system, adapting the tint to the glass.

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General contractorNîmes City Hall
Sadev CustomerHefi
Year of realisation2018
Surface7 000 screen-printed glass slides
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© photos : Hefi / G-Lefrancq / SB Sadev

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  • Screws for through fastening
  • SADEV’s engineering and design department has developed a system of special screws, adapting the shade to the glass.

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