Close links between the museum and the village. British architect Norman Foster, 1999 Pritzker Prize laureate, has designed dozens of buildings in many different countries. He is known worldwide as the designer of the Reichstag in Berlin, 30 St Mary Axe in London and the Viaduc de Millau, among other projects.
For the Museum of Prehistory, Norman Foster and his teams created a harmonious building formed of two curves, nestled together to form a shell of concrete, glass and steel. The museum has been very carefully integrated into the site: a long stone wall eight metres high is a continuation of old Quinson wall, and the esplanade stretches to the town hall to form an extensive concourse at the entrance to the village. All the museum's facilities – the reception, the museum displays, the temporary exhibition gallery, the cafeteria and the shop – are set on two levels around a large atrium measuring 553m². Private areas (offices, laboratories and workshops) are on the façade of the building. The Eastern wing, closest to the village, is set aside for the use of schools (as an educational venue) and lectures/film shows (132-seater auditorium). The archaeological stores lie on three levels at the centre of the building. A library and reading room are located close by.