We can hardly think of a better reference than being selected for our textiles by the Cité internationale de la tapisserie (Museum of Aubusson tapestry). Located halfway between Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges, this major centre for artistic craft and a skill dating back to the Middle Ages, the Aubusson tapestry was listed as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Tapestry traditions influence a striped façade for a re-used building

The centre occupies the former National School of Decorative Art, which was built in the late 1960s. “The €8.5 million renovation project involved the aim to give a ‘new visibility’ to Aubusson’s heritage”, says Nelly Breton of Paris-based Terreneuve. “All the ingredients were there to do something directly related to the image of tapestry”, she continues, “adding that the designers had a ‘moral obligation’ to insulate the façade, originally constructed with the use of asbestos”. Within its slatted ‘cage’ of timber – made from Douglas firs grown locally, in Limousin – the striped fabric skin incorporates a solar filter that protects the tapestries inside the building. The fabric’s pale-grey inner surface shields the interior from the sun.

Parts of this publication come from Mark Magazine #64

The project fits like a glove for our printed facade textiles

Printable was selected for the project because of our dedicated technologies, which have been developed for optimal print-quality and an unrivalled preservation of the image. Our unique print and coating-techniques deliver a varnishing effect to the print and textile that create vibrant colours. More importantly, our coating enables us to deliver a 10 year unlimited warranty on this product, unprecedented in the world for printed architectural fabrics.

Project description 

Project Cité internationale de la tapisserie
Location F-23200 Aubusson
Substrate Serge Ferrari Frontside View 381
Quantity 1400 m2
Year 2015
Installer ACS Production

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