The new museum of the Châtillonnais

Burgundy stone flooring  of the new Museum of the Châtillonnais

Burgundy stone flooring of the new Museum of the Châtillonnais

The new Museum of the Châtillonnais opened to the public in 2009. Installed in the old abbey of Notre-Dame (built by Saint Bernard de Clairvaux in 1140), it presents a remarkable collection of ancient bas reliefs and sculptures from the Celtic and Gallo-Roman periods, not to mention the famous Treasure of Vix... which are displayed on three levels comprising a total of over 2000m².

To enhance this rich collection of Burgundy's past, architect Antoine Stinco chose to use Buffon stone, recalling the origins of the material which in itself symbolizes eternity.

Why Buffon stone? Extracted from the Châtillonnais basin, it plays an important role in local heritage. While it responded to the museum's demand for high quality, the quarry was also conveniently close to the construction site, which cut transportation costs considerably.

Unlike concrete, stone is a natural element that needs no transformation other than cutting. It produces no toxic waste, and for maintenance requires only water.

Inside the museum, Buffon stone was used to pave the entire ground floor (700m2) and to cover the stairway. This limestone has a particularly hard quality which makes it well adapted to intense pedestrian flow. Its light beige colour exudes harmony, luminosity, warmth and comfort for visitors.

When you visit the museum, take your eyes off the treasures presented for just a moment to appreciate the one you are standing on.