The building will be constructed in the Liévin in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of northern France.
The project was won by a consortium consisting of the British architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the French firm Mutabilis Paysage (landscape architect); technical consultant Egis Bâtiments Nord; environmental consultant Inddigo and economist VPEAS.
The consortium designed a 20,000m2 landscape building, with a slightly sloping roof, fully covered with vegetation. It combines light-filled spaces for people to work and art to circulate with technology to provide stable climatic conditions for the proper conservation of the Louvre’s collections.
Construction of the €35m (£25m) is set to begin in 2017 and the overall cost of the project is €60m. The Musée du Louvre will finance 51% of the project, and the regional council of Nord-Pas de Calais 49%.
Approximately 250,000 works of art, currently stored in more than 60 different locations both inside and outside the Louvre palace - in Greater Paris and other French regions - will be transferred to the site as soon as the building is complete.