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Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech by Studio KO

by Sophie Cullen on May 19, 2016 in Architecture
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All images © 2016 Studio KO, Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent

All images © 2016 Studio KO, Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent

French firm Studio KO has unveiled the design for the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (mYSLm)

Dedicated to the work of the legendary French fashion designer, the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (mYSLm) will open its doors in autumn 2017. It will house an important selection from the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent's collection, which comprises 5,000 items of clothing, 15,000 haute couture accessories as well as tens of thousands of sketches and assorted objects, all currently archived in Paris.

(3) Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, entrance courtyard (c) 2016 Studio KO Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent

While researching the designer's archives in Paris, Studio KO (Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty ) was inspired by his use of duality, such as curved and straight lines, and the succession of loose and clean cuts. From the outside, the building is composed of cubic forms adorned with bricks which create a pattern resembling threads of fabric. The inside is markedly different, like the lining of a luxurious couture jacket: luminous, velvety and smooth.

Built of terracotta, concrete and an earthen coloured terrazzo with Moroccan stone fragments, the building blends harmoniously with its surroundings. The terracotta bricks that embellish the facade are made from Moroccan earth and produced by a local supplier, while the terrazzo used for the floor and facade is made using a combination of local stone and marble.

(2) Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, exterior (c) 2016 Studio KO Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent

The building is located on Rue Yves Saint Laurent, adjacent to the famous Jardin Majorelle, and spans over 4,000 sq-m. Featuring 400 sq-m of permanent exhibition space, the museum showcases Yves Saint Laurent's work within an original scenography designed by Christophe Martin, a 150 sq-m temporary exhibition space, a 130-seat auditorium, a bookshop, a café-restaurant with a terrace and a research library that is home to around 5,000 books.

The inauguration of the building in Marrakech will be in autumn 2017 and will coincide with the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

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