In the centre of Paris, the Forum des Halles has had a major facelift. The exterior of the Parisian shopping centre is now crowned by a monumental canopystructure in a natural undulating shape. A stone’s throw away, the famous Centre Pompidou is another must-see example of modern architecture. This major Parisian art museum was designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers and also offers a panoramic view from its roof terrace. Near to the Eiffel tower, the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, dedicated to indigenous art and non-Western culture, was designed by Jean Nouvel and features an impressive vertical garden created by Patrick Blanc.
The district is named after the old market district of Paris, nicknamed the ‘belly of Paris’, which was subsequently transferred……
Jean Nouvel is also the creator of another emblematic example of contemporary architecture in Paris: the Philharmonie. A sanctum of classical music, benefiting from impeccable acoustics, the exterior of the building, with its covering of silvery birds in flight and its ‘hilltop’ roof terrace, which is open to the public, is as surprising as its interior. Further on, in the Parc de la Villette, passers-by are intrigued by an enormous sphere made up of triangular mirrors: this is the Géode, designed by architect Adrien Fainsilber and housing a cinema with a giant hemispheric screen.
The Communist Party Headquarters in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, designed by Oscar Niemeyer (the man behind the United Nations headquarters in New York), has long attracted modern architecture enthusiasts. The closed gates, reflective facade and subterranean chamber—topped with a stark white cupola—give the place a forboding air.
The Philharmonie de Paris is the new musical heart of the capital. The new building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel. Beside……
The site is immediately recognizable by the ultra-contemporary, bright green structure on its exterior. It houses spaces……
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Jean Nouvel’s design for the Fondation Cartier, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, mixes straight lines and hard edges with the carefully landscaped gardens around it. The blurred boundaries between interior and exterior lends the ground-floor exhibition space a feeling of leafy calm.
Brasilian architect Oscar Niemeyer ended the construction of the building in 1971. For the dome, the construction was only ended in 1980. The building is considered in France as a “monument historique” since 2007, which means that it’s protected for being one of the national heritage sites. Little fun fact: in this building was shot in 2013 a big part of the movie Blue Indigo (L’écume des jours in French), with Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris.
The park was designed by architects Patrick Berger, Jean-François Jodry and Jean-Paul Viguier, but also by lanscape artists Gilles Clément and Allain Provost. It was created in 1986 and it’s the best place to admire luxuriant vegetation and nice fountains.
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Jakob and MacFarlane’s Cité de la Mode et du Design brings contemporary architecture to a former industrial site. The result, a “city within a city,”, boasts a range of chic residents, including a fashion school, eateries, and a huge elevated terrace bar overlooking the Seine.
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In the south of Paris, the Cité de la Mode et du Design is immediately recognizable. Located on the left bank of the Seine, this audaciously renovated industrial building with its translucent bright green structure offers a spectacular view of the river. Another example of Renzo Piano’s architectural talent is the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation, inaugurated in 2014. In the shape of a horn of plenty in the heart of the Gobelins district (13th arrondissement) it houses a film theatre and spaces for exhibitions related to films and the cinema.
And here is! It is the end of my top 10 gems of modern architecture in Paris! You now know all the main modern buildings of the capital city. I hope you will see some of them in your Parisian trip, it’s much more impressive when it’s really in front of you!
As its name suggests, this public space was built on the site of an old Citroën factory. Its flat green lawns, dancing fountains and individually-designed peripheral gardens give the French formal garden a modern twist. A tethered hot air balloon gives an alternative view of the park and city.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, a stone’s throw from the Jardin d’Acclimatation, opened its doors……
The architecture of the Centre Pompidou became a game-changer for museums. Renzo Piano and Richard Roger’s “inside-out” 1970s building eschews the exclusive ambiance of a traditional museum for something open and welcoming to all. Fittingly, this fall, the Centre hosts the first European retrospective of Frank Gehry’s oeuvre (through January 5).
Paris is famous for the classical architecture of its façades and for its art deco constructions, but it is also home to many iconic examples of contemporary architecture.
The Louvre’s newest architectural addition is tucked away in the interior courtyard of the Denon Wing. Designed by Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini, the Islamic Arts department, which opened in 2012, is topped by an undulating gold roof that’s reminiscent of a sand dune.
This art museum was designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers during an architectural design competition. The two architects wanted functional structural elements (such as electrical wires, pipes, etc.) to be outside the building. This way, the inside could be fully used to expose art. Nowadays we can say that the building is itself an artwork!
Architect Jean Nouvel inaugured this new building in 1994. On the esthetic plan, an essential place is given to the transparency and the reflection of the volumes on the walls. The garden is configured by Lothar Baumgarten. You can find 35 types of trees inside of it. Now the Fondation is hosting different exhibitions: photography, painting, sculpture, design etc.
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In the west of Paris, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, inaugurated in 2014, organizes major exhibitions in the extraordinary building designed by the visionary architect Frank Gehry. Not far away, on the Esplanade de La Défense, La Grande Arche sits imposingly among the skyscrapers of the Paris region’s famous business district, and offers a spectacular rooftop view of the Champs Elysées. And from the Île Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt is illuminated by the Seine Musicale, an outstanding music and performing arts centre.
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Fondation Louis Vuitton building was designed by architect Franck Gehry in 2014. It is located in Jardin d’Acclimatation, near Bois de Boulogne. It is made of concrete and of glass roof. it has been compared to a cloud, an iceberg and a ship. In fact, the building is meant to outshine Fondation Pinault in Venise, also called Palazzo Grassi. There we can clearly see the concurrency between François Pinault and Bernard Arnault (the Chief Executive Officer of LVMH) in the luxury field.
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This is maybe the most famous gem of this top! It was built by Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei and inaugured in 1989. The pyramid is made of metal and glass. It was a command from the French president Mitterand. It is said that this guy had an Egyptian mistress, the famous singer Dalida. So maybe can you do the connexion between this Egyptian girl and the pyramid?
Located in the heart of the Parc de la Villette, the Géode is an exceptional cinema for so many reasons: the giant steel globe,……
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OK, I’m a bit cheating for this last gem… But I promise it’s worth it! La Défense, the Central Business District of Paris is composed of a lot of buildings, that are master pieces of modern architecture. The highest one is Tour First, with 23m high. But there is also the famous Grande Arche…
The architect cabinet Jakob + Macfarlane built this huge building in 2008. The project was to bring a contemporary style to this former industrial site. It is hosting since 2013 the Museum of playful Arts (Arts ludiques – Le Musée). The big green elevated terrace gives a nice point of vue on the river Seine.
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In 2006, architect Edouard François had to renovate the luxurious Hotêl Fouquet’s Barriere. he decided to recreate a typical Haussmannian facade in grey concrete. Thus the architecture of this building is a mix of historical and contemporary stuff.
The Foundation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé was set up in 2006 by Jérôme Seydoux-Pathe, president of Pathe since 1990. Its purpose is to……
Located on the banks of the Seine, near the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac exhibits 3,500 works of art……
The long-awaited Foundation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry, will finally open its doors on October 27. The building has been compared, at various points, to a cloud, an iceberg, and a ship; the glass and composite edifice gracefully looms out of its leafy location in the Jardin d’Acclimatation on the Western edge of Paris.
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In Musée du Louvre, you can find a full department dedicated to Islamic Arts in cour Visconti. The exhibition spaces are under a window with a wavy form. It’s composed of 1600 glass triangles. It was designed in 2012 by architects Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini. They say the window reminds them of a wing of a dragonfly or a magic carpet.
The view: At the top of the Grande Arche, you will discover what is not the largest roof terrace in Paris. A promenade deck of……
Located at the point of Île Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt, this national and international music complex has many facilities…….
The luxurious Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière opened in 2006 after an extensive renovation by architect Edouard François. His design is a bold recreation of a typical Haussmann facade in grey concrete. The architecture mixes historical and contemporary, as does the hotel’s ethos, which upholds tradition but is also committed to 21st century design.