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Saint-Leons, France, 2000

An international insect center
When film producer (and actor) Jacques Perrin had finished making Microcosmos, almost all of which was shot in the area north of Rodez in Aveyron, he decided it would be a good idea to prolong such an enjoyable adventure.
The idea he proposed to the Aveyron Departmental Council was an international insect center in the village of Saint-Léons at the birthplace of the famous French entomologist, Jean Henri Fabvre. The whole Departmental Council immediately backed Chairman Jean Puech with great enthusiasm.
In a joint venture with architect Bruno Decaris, our design project won the competition for the architecture and scenography.
In a particularly daring, almost anthropomorphic architectural setting, we staged the exhibition areas in an original, surprising, extremely complex and fascinating set design to bring the spectator closer to nature.

type of achievement  Permanent museum
client  Aveyron Departmental Council
partner  Bruno Decaris, Architect
production  SEM 12 (Rodez - Aveyron)
location  Saint-Leons, Aveyron, France
attendance  180 000 visitors in one year
floor space  2 500m2
for scenography 
& architecture 
€1.1 million

The museum from the outside with its shell-like roof