Contemporary architecture

Like the Roman buildings and private mansions, contemporary architecture is part of everyday life in Nîmes. Works by international architects and artists are integrated in a successful, natural manner.

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Contemporary architecture

Carré d'Art

Place de la Maison Carrée

A contemporary "temple" facing the ancient Temple, Carré d'Art Jean Bousquet was designed by the famous architect Lord Norman Foster. It houses libraries, a media library, a museum and a documentation centre, like thePompidou Centre.
The British architect designed a translucent structure in concrete, steel and glass, using contemporary techniques but forming an echo to the Maison Carrée. Five of the nine levels of Carré d'Art are underground so that the proportions of the building respect those of the Maison Carrée. The space between the two buildings has been developed as a place, a symbolical reminder of the Roman forum.




When he designed Nemausus in 1987, Jean Nouvel wanted to redefine social housing. The building was awarded the 'Patrimoine du 20ème siècle' (Twentieth century heritage) label in 2008. 

The futuristic unit consisting of two imposing ocean liner-like buildings in aluminium, steel and glass totals 114 low-rent apartments that combine gains in space, comfort and light. 

Route d'Arles - Cours Nemausus

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The Colisée

Le Colisée - Kisho Kurokawa et Mieko Inoue - Photo OT Nîmes

This set of offices and flats was designed by Kisho Kurokawa and Mieko Inoue. Built at the entry to the city in 1991, it was inspired by the Roman ampitheatre.

Rond point des Nations Unies
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Bus shelter

Designed in 1987 by Philippe Stark, this piece of urban furniture represents the arms of Nîmes : a crocodile and a palm tree.

Avenue Carnot

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Costières stadium

This international standard stadium was designed by the architects Vittorio Gregotti and Marc Chausse. With capacity for 20,000 spectators, including 12,000 under cover, it houses subsidiary sports facilities in the four corners.

In 1989, the architects chose to build an English type stadium to be used for football and rugby. The spectators are very close to pitch.

The Parnasse, a sports centre not far from the stadium and designed by the same architects, completes the sports complex.

Esplanade Sud - Avenue de la Bouvine

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Redevelopment work by Jean-Michel Wilmotte (Musée de Beaux Arts, covered market, City Hall)

The City Hall, the Fine Arts Museum (Musée des Beaux Arts) and the covered market were improved and modernised by the subtle work of the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte.