Fives supports the restoration of the nave of the musée d’Orsay

©Musée d’Orsay- Sophie Crepy.
©Musée d’Orsay- Sophie Crepy.

Fives is pleased to announce the signing of a sponsorship agreement to restore the central nave of the musée d’Orsay. This commitment highlights the Group’s historic ties with the building, whose structure was built by Fives-Lille teams at the end of the 19th century.

Once a station, now a museum, which showcases Fives expertise dating back to the 19th century – An exceptional steel structure produced by Fives

Built in the late 1890s, the building now home to the musée d’Orsay originally served as the terminus of the Paris-Orléans railway line for 39 years before being transformed into a national museum in 1986 which today welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year.

The monumental station was designed by architect Victor Laloux based on an enormous metal structure that is 173-m long and 74-m wide. The structure was built using around 12,000 metric tons of steel – a challenge achieved by Fives-Lille and Moisant-Laurent- Savey who were called on for their expertise in mechanical construction.

Large-scale restoration plans for a building that symbolizes the industrial revolution

Today, the exceptional steel structure shelters a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and photographs highlighting the diversity of artistic creation of the Western World from 1848 to 1914. The structure, which has never been restored since it opened, is beginning to show signs of age.

In 2019, the musée d’Orsay initiated a major project to renovate the central nave and its glass tympanum, notably to improve impermeability, which in turn will ensure the durability of the steel structure and vault, and protect the art collections housed in the museum.

Support that demonstrates Fives’ aim to promote industrial heritage

As a sponsor, Fives will contribute financial support to restore the exceptional building that showcases the Group’s long history of expertise in metal construction.

Frédéric Sanchez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fives Group, explains,

“We are delighted to contribute to the restoration of this exceptional building that has become a center of international culture, and whose transformation echoes the Group’s ability to reinvent itself and adapt to successive industrial revolutions. The partnership with the musée d’Orsay further supports our aim to promote industrial heritage and highlights that industry can do it – our motto.”