02 Mar 17

Accoya, the world leading modified wood, has been used to construct a balcony within the recently renovated Musée de l’Homme – Museum of Man – located in the heart of Paris.

The museum’s 3.5m high Balcony of Sciences was constructed using a series of curved uncoated Accoya slats which sit horizontally to form a natural barrier.

Housed within the Passy wing of the Palais de Chariot, the museum’s interior underwent a significant transformation starting in 2009. The architects returned the original spirit of the Pavillion de tête Davioud by restoring its original glass roof.

The space, first designed by renowned 19th century architect Gabriel Davioud as a vast atrium, was split into two distinct floors in 1937, effectively doubling the exhibition space.

Since being restored the Balcony of Sciences has once again brought light into the heart of the Musée de l’Homme. From the balcony visitors can view the ground floor reception and interact with the museum’s current research using interactive screens mounted within the wooden structure.

Reopened in late 2015 after a six-year closure and a €92m renovation, the museum charts the world’s social and cultural change throughout history. Anthropological treasures housed at the museum, which is located in the French capital’s 16th arrondissement, include the remains of Cro-Magnon man and René Descartes’s skull.

Consistently specified across the world for some of the most architecturally ground-breaking projects, Accoya delivers outstanding levels of performance including dimensional stability, class 1 durability and sustainability. It is regularly selected to construct outdoor furniture, cladding and the construction of bridges and buildings.

Laura Keily, head of marketing for Accsys, commented: “It truly is testament to the quality and durability of Accoya to be chosen for the renovation of the Musée de l’Homme, one of France’s most respected national treasures which is home to some of the most precious artefacts and materials humans have ever created. By using Accoya, the architects have found the right balance between beauty and functionality, allowing the Balcony of Sciences to return natural light and vibrancy to the newly refurbished museum.”

Manufactured using propriety wood acetylation technology, Accoya is one of the most superior wood products on the market today.

Exceeding the high-quality and aesthetic attributes of tropical hardwoods, Accoya also boasts excellent environmental credentials; it is sourced from FSC® certified forests and has received a Gold level accreditation by the Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

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