New Architecture in the City Centre Tour - In front of the entrance of the Metro Palais Royal
Adresse : 155 Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, France
Début : 05-01-2013 Fin : 05-01-2013
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These visits are designed for small groups and are conceived as architectural strolls. The group is limited to max 6 people, each visit is about 2.5 hours and presents various aspects of contemporary architectural production.


New architecture and art installation in the context of the old city. From the Pyramid of the Louvre to the Centre Pompidou via Les Halles, this walk presents the contrast between old and new and the projects that provoke, enhance and push boundaries.

For centuries, French leaders have created iconic buildings that offered dramatically different visions of what the city is and what it should become.

Political power, demolition, and construction have always been inseparable in Paris. Henri IV’s legacy still exists in the Pont Neuf and the Place des Vosges. Haussmann's transformation of Paris from a dense web of medieval streets to a system of wide boulevards was as much a political act as a social project. In the 1980s Francois Mitterrand used the idea of the Grand Projets to allow architecture once again to reclaim a position as a prime means of expressing political will.  The best-known - and most controversial - of which is the plan by I. M. Pei to redesign and expand the Louvre and add a new entrance within a glass pyramid.

The Grands Projets are elements of the public realm - they emerge out of the recognition that Paris is a city of noble public places and they are an attempt to build on that tradition. This tour will present some of the main Grand Projects built over the last forty years, and place them in the context of ten centuries of political construction to give an understanding of contemporary architecture through the history of Paris. 

Buildings presented: 

Pyramide du Louvre (I M Pei, 1989) Palais Royal et Installation de Daniel Buren 1986

Ministere de la Culture, Francis Soler 2004

Les Halles –  Berger et Anziutti -en chantier

Centre Georges Pompidou- Piano et Rogers, 1976

Practical InformationMeeting point in front of entrance of the Metro Palais Royal, on Place Colette

Cancellations PolicyA refund of 75% is available for those who need to cancel with at least 48  hours advance notice. Our  Tours run rain or shine. Clients who arrive more than 15 minutes late without calling or not at all (no-shows) will be treated as cancellations with less than 48 hours notice.


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