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Brief Published: 9 Dec 2011

Musée Jean Cocteau


An architecturally stunning new museum dedicated to celebrating the work of acclaimed 20th-century French poet, designer, novelist, playwright and filmmaker, Jean Cocteau, has been unveiled in Menton in the South of France.

Designed by French studio Rudy Ricciotti Architecte, the key feature of the 2,700 sq m triangular space is a series of undulating white pillars which appear to flow from the roof – an apparent visual echo of the Ligurian sea over which the space presides.

Floodlights nestled in the ground and skylights cut into the roof in a curving formation allow dappled light to flood into the museum both day and night, furthering the sense of a space connected to water.

Rudy Ricciotti Architecte