The Bayeux Tapestry

RSHP overhauls the existing museum and extends it to better display Unesco's Memory of the World list, a 70-metre-long embroidered medieval cloth, that is The Bayeux Tapestry. RSHP will also be adding an extra outdoor “weaving” extension to the museum, housed since 1983 in the 17th-century Grand Seminary of the City of Bayeux. Conditions and showcasing of this medieval textile work-of-art tapestry will be improved in order to welcome the yearly 400 000 visitors in an unequivocally contemporary manner.

Kahle Acoustics' mission is to create different acoustic atmospheres so as to further enhance the experience throughout the visitors' journey.

Information Sheet

Construction   Renovation/Transformation The Bayeux Tapestry

Location Bayeux, France.

Project Cost 35 million €.

Time Frame Design: 2023-2024. Construction: 2025-2026. Opening: 2027.

Owner City of Bayeux, France.

Architect(s) RSHP, Paris, France

Heritage Architect(s) Lympia Architecture, Paris, France

Museography/Conservation FL&Co, Paris, France.

Seat Count Existing Seminary: 4 650 m². Extension: 3 350 m². Total gross floor area, extension included: 8 000 m².

Uses Museum, legacy enhancement of The Bayeux Tapestry (11th century document of universal interest), and institution's promotion.

Services Comprehensive acoustic consulting services for the entire project from competition to commissioning.

Team Yann Jurkiewicz, Vincent Berrier, Kahle Acoustics.

1/5La Tapisserie de BayeuxProject of main entrance courtyard renovation of the Grand Seminary dated from the 17th century which hosts since 1983 the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. Photo © RSHP
2/5La Tapisserie de BayeuxThe new museum extension here at nightfall will offer optimum conditions for the display of the Bayeux Tapestry as well as a new visit's route. Photo © RSHP
3/5La Tapisserie de BayeuxThe exterior corridor between the current Grand Seminary (left) and its extension (right), the latter will feature the Bayeux Tapestry. Photo © RSHP
4/5La Tapisserie de BayeuxThe redevelopment project aims at showing the tapestry in its linear form (a 70-metre length) and on a sloping surface, so as to renew and modernise the actual visit route. Photo © RSHP
5/5La Tapisserie de BayeuxActual display of the Bayeux Tapestry, a narrative woollen embroidery made of 9 linen panels produced in the 11th century. Photo © Bayeux museum