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The Carré d'art at Nîmesmarker in southern Francemarker houses a museum of contemporary art and the city's library. Constructed of glass, concrete and steel, it faces the Maison Carréemarker, a perfectly preserved Roman temple that dates from the first century BC.

The building was constructed as part of a project to refurbish the square in which the Maison Carrée stands, and provide a new setting for the ancient temple.

In 1984, twelve architects, including Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and César Pelli were invited to submit proposals for the museum. A design by the British architect Norman Foster was selected, and the building was opened in May 1993.

The building is a nine storey structure, half of which is sunk deep into the ground, keeping the building's profile low in sympathy with the scale of the surrrounding buildings. The lower levels house archive storage and a cinema.


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