The Louvre-Lens museum – Part 1
The Département Pas-de-Calais in France has always been known for its coal and heavy industry. In 2012 the art museum Louvre-Lens has added an attraction which, at first glance, appears far removed from its surroundings. It is a branch of the Louvre in Paris and yet conceptually of unusual compactness and rather unlike its big brother. Thanks to the architects of SANAA in Tokyo and the lighting designers of Arup in London, the Louvre-Lens has become a milestone in the worldwide museum landscape.