Modern architecture in 8 buildings to see in Paris

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Modern architecture in 8 buildings to see in Paris




The Louis Vuitton Foundation Photo credit: Iwan Baan/Fondation Louis Vuitton


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The Louis Vuitton Foundation Photo credit: Iwan Baan/Fondation Louis Vuitton


Futuristic, organic, airy … With audacity, thearchitecture Modern Parisian plays on shapes and perspectives, born from the pencil of the greatest architects and designers of our time. Of Centre Pompidou to the Louis Vuitton Foundation through the Philharmonie, an overview of high-flying modern buildings that encircle the classic landscape of the City of Light.

The Centre Pompidou

Emblematic building of progressive Paris at the end of the 1970s, this architectural UFO signed Renzo Piano houses the largest collection of modern art in Europe: fawn paintings, cubism, dada works, surrealism, abstract art, pop art, new realism, and many more. More than 50,000 works are kept there and tour regularly in its rooms. One of the gravitational centers of Parisian cultural life, the Georges Pompidou Center also hosts a cinema, a library and a panoramic restaurant, the Georges, and adjoins the fountain Stravinsky, where you can admire the statues of Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely.



pompidou The Center Pompidou AFP


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pompidou The Center Pompidou AFP


Place Georges-Pompidou 75004 Paris www.centrepompidou.fr/

The Philharmonie de Paris

Hidden in the park of the Villette, the Philharmonie from Paris, thought by Jean Nouvel, imposes on the eye its organic curves which blend wonderfully with the environment. This fascinating façade with 265,000 aluminum birds provides a monumental setting for the musical arts, which enjoy controlled acoustics. Concert halls, exhibition space, restaurant, café … A place of life that aims to be serene and soothing like a soft song.



The Philharmonie de Paris The Philharmonie de Paris Frédéric Soltan / Corbis via Getty Images


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The Philharmonie de Paris The Philharmonie de Paris Frédéric Soltan / Corbis via Getty Images

221 avenue Jean Jaurès 75019 Paris philharmoniedeparis.fr/fr

The Louis Vuitton Foundation

In October 2014, the Louis Vuitton Foundation opened its doors. Set in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, this glass and steel sailboat houses the most beautiful collections of contemporary art. Made possible by the group LVMH and its president Bernard Arnault, this ambitious dream comes true thanks to the talent and imagination of the architect Frank Gehry who wanted “to design for Paris a magnificent vessel which symbolizes the deep cultural vocation of France”. And he succeeded. In just a few years, this architectural masterpiece has become a hotbed of culture and art on the international scene.



The Louis Vuitton Foundation The Louis Vuitton Foundation Photononstop / AFP


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The Louis Vuitton Foundation The Louis Vuitton Foundation Photononstop / AFP

8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi 75116 Paris www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/

The Louvre pyramid

With an exhibition area of ​​72,735 m2, the Louvre is the largest museum of art and antiques in the world. Under the Pyramid, work of the architect if not-American Ieoh Ming Pei, Mona Lisa and The Venus de Milo coexist with collections of Western art from the Middle Ages to 1848. Deemed too futuristic by the ancients who howl at cultural desecration, the construction of glass and steel is inaugurated by François Mitterrand March 4, 1988.



The Louvre Pyramid The Louvre Pyramid Pietro Ballardini / Getty Images


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The Louvre Pyramid The Louvre Pyramid Pietro Ballardini / Getty Images

Rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris www.louvre.fr/

The dome of the former headquarters of the French Communist Party

To seduce her, Pierre Niney and emmène Virginie efira in 20 years apart. And it hits the mark. It must be said that the former headquarters of the French Communist Party hides one of the jewels of modern architecture: the dome erected in 1979 by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Covered with thousands of shimmering metal slats, this spectacular ceiling is not only aesthetic but above all practical since it allows a free flow of sound throughout the National Council room. An incredible place which in addition to cinema has seduced fashion, since Prada and Jean Paul Gautier organized parades there.



FRANCE-PCF-SIEGE The dome of the former headquarters of the French Communist Party AFP


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FRANCE-PCF-SIEGE The dome of the former headquarters of the French Communist Party AFP

2 Place du Colonel Fabien 75019 Paris espace-niemeyer.fr/

The Arab World Institute

Imagined by Jean Nouvel and inaugurated in 1987, this building is the architectural crossing between the traditional codes of the Arab and Western world, as evidenced by the shuttered windows of its southern facade, inspired by the moucharabiehs of Moorish palaces and equipped with diaphragms that can open and close. Museum of Arab-Muslim Arts and Civilizations, its permanent collections cover a wide period of history: the Arab world before the Hegira, the Arab-Islamic world and the expansion of Islam, with Indian and Iranian works. and Turkish.



institute du monde arabe The Institut du Monde Arabe BRAVO-ANA / Only France via AFP


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institute du monde arabe The Institut du Monde Arabe BRAVO-ANA / Only France via AFP

1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard 75005 Paris www.imarabe.org/fr

The Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum

This huge building signed Jean Nouvel, with its green facade and its garden populated with architectural pieces, was born in 2006 under the impetus of Jacques Chirac. Dedicated to the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, it houses the ancient ethnology collections of the Musée de l’Homme and the National Museum of African and Oceania Arts at Porte Dorée. Inside, the route is dotted with Malian statues, Gabonese masks, Japanese prints, and other objects of everyday life. A real invitation to travel.



The Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum The Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum Vincent Mercier


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The Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum The Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum Vincent Mercier

37 quai Branly 75007 Paris www.quaibranly.fr/

La Seine Musicale

Stitched on the downstream point of Île Seguin, La Seine Musicale is a new performance hall in western Paris, whose futuristic architecture has been entrusted to architects Shigeru Ban, Pritzker Prize and his partner Jean de Gastines. Inaugurated in 2017, the Seine Musicale has a rich program, combining must-see musicals, classical ballets and concerts by prominent artists.



La Seine Musicale La Seine Musicale Bruno de Hogues / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images


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La Seine Musicale La Seine Musicale Bruno de Hogues / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Seguin Island 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt www.laseinemusicale.com/

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