The 20th century gave rise to some important architectural creations such as the Joseph Imbert hospital complex, rdesigned by architect Paul Nelson and part of which is listed as a Historic building, and the Departmental Museum of Ancient Arles, housed in a modern and innovative building designed by Henri Ciriani.
The restoration of the old hospital in 1986 opened up the Espace Van Gogh, currently housing the media library, the communal records, the international college of the literary translators, the university radio, an exhibition room and some shops.
The Supinfocom, building, a school of international repute, is one of the city's first 19th century creations. It houses a large part of the university pole located in part of the SNCF Workshop Park.
"The Workshop Park is a Utopia. It is an attempt to design and create a new type of cultural institution." Maja Hoffmann, president of the LUMA Foundation.
The Parc des Ateliers (Workshop Park) is a vast international cultural project carried out by the LUMA Foundation with the support of the mayor of Arles, Herve Schiavetti, the president of the Regional Council, Michel Vauzelle, the Minister for culture and communication, and designed by the American architect Franck Gehry, creator of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
In the middle of an immense garden-park designed by the Belgian architect and landscapist Bas Smets, the new and pre-existing buildings will form a vast cultural campus bringing together the LUMA Foundation building, the LUMA exhibition gallery, a theatre equipped for projections and shows, artist residences and a restaurant. The maquettes, presented to the general public in July 2010, revealed a futuristic but already familiar tower which will rise above the Workshops.
The Grande Halle is an old waste land presiding over the area of Arles' 19th century industrial heritage, previously used for the SNCF (French National Railways) railway workshops, and covering 5000m2.
This site is in the midst of renovation and will become a cultural centre focused on new technologies in the fields of multi-media creation, digital and virtual image.
The Grande Halle has become an emblem of the economic and cultural revival in the Workshop area.
Like some sort of double faced Janus, the façades and roofs play on the contrast between old and new.