A delicate glass box
Opening onto the museum and its park, for which it provides a crossing point, the central reception area is a large glass square measuring 3600 m2 with entirely transparent façades. It is supported by a light structure of slim pillars. It forms a link between the two main buildings of the museum: the Grande Galerie and the Temporary Exhibition Gallery.
"This entry point offers an overall view of the building, and of the panorama over the park reflected in the glass and aluminium surfaces. The entrance space is designed as an open area that is part of the landscape and visible from everywhere. It welcomes visitors accessing the museum from the main entrance in the north, but also from the open green stretches to the east and the woods to the west. This large transparent volume (68.5 m x 58.5 m) is a generous space offering a range of different functional areas for the museum's visitors. Here they can go to the bookshop, meet friends in the cafeteria, check information on the exhibitions or simply use the hall to get from one side of the park or museum to the other. The 3-metre-high glass "bubbles" which appear to float within the space of the hall, mainly house functions related to the public and create spaces for personal individual experiences. In order to open up the site visually and physically, the central glazed area forms an empty space in the core of the building. This delicate glass box serves as an entrance foyer to the museum and is a genuine public space for the townspeople of Lens. Transparent and open to the site in several directions, it can be used as a crossing point from one district of the town to another."
THE BUILDING OF THE RECEPTION HALL HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE SPONSORSHIP OF AUCHAN.