Evoking the patterned weave of fabric, the new museum’s textured, earthen exterior bricks contrast with an interior that French architecture firm Studio KO designed to be “like the lining of a luxurious couture jacket: luminous, velvety, and smooth.” Located next to Jardin Majorelle, the museum will feature an auditorium, restaurant, bookshop, and research library, but the highlights, of course, will be exhibitions that draw on 5,000 garments, 15,000 haute couture accessories, and tens of thousands of sketches owned by the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent.
Built by painter and avid plant collector Jacques Majorelle, and restored and replanted by Bergé and Saint Laurent, the two-and-a-half-acre garden contains some 200 varieties of plants, including bougainvillea that Saint Laurent used in his designs and more than 20 types of bamboo. For an extra pop of color, Saint Laurent added brightly painted pots among the greens. Majorelle’s boxy art deco studio, painted an electric cobalt blue known as bleu Majorelle, houses the Berber Museum, Morocco’s first, containing the private collection of indigenous jewelry, costumes, and weavings amassed by Saint Laurent and Bergé over the years. Today, with around 600,000 visitors a year, Jardin Majorelle is one of Morocco’s most popular sites.