An important facet of the country's culture, the National Archives of France building will house historic documents.
The modern construction was designed by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas of the Italian firm Fuksas Studio. Located north of Paris, the building features a glazed facade with diamond-shaped motifs in aluminum. There is a transparency to the cantilevered volumes that is reflected by the pool surfaces that separate them.
Artist Antony Gormley has created sculptures that appear to float slightly above the water making for a surreal and fascinating addition. The National Archives of France building will house office spaces, an archival reading room and a conference room. Perhaps the most striking facet of this construction is the playful mirror surfaces, subtly suggesting that visitors take the time to reflect on history.