The Philharmonie de Paris is a truly innovative facility, and in more ways than one.
First, from a strictly architectural perspective, the edifice created by Jean Nouvel is like nothing else in the urban landscape.
The mineral building that rises up within the Parc de la Villette is not unlike a mountain, complete with a roof that visitors can walk on!
In its dimensions as well as its materials (cast aluminium and shiny stainless steel facades), it wears it modernity proudly.
Its location in northeast Paris makes a bold statement as well.
The proximity to the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse, the Zénith and the Grande Halle make La Villette into something of a “music quarter”.
Moreover, the connection to the city’s outskirts and suburbs encourages new audiences, from different generations and social backgrounds, to attend concerts.
Standing 52 metres high, the Philharmonie is an unmissable landmark in northeast Paris.
The screen-wall that towers over the building creates a luminous ambiance, also serving as a spectacular announcement board for upcoming programmes and concerts – a stunning display that calls the public (of all ages and interests) to venture inside the various spaces.
The Philharmonie is also a beacon within the Parc de la Villette. But rather than attempting to dominate the site, the building fits naturally into the urban and architectural context, establishing a dialogue with the other architects who have left their mark there (Christian de Portzamparc who designed the Cité de la musique and the Conservatoire, and Bernard Tschumi with his famous ‘Folies’).”
Photo credits: Danica O. Kus.