After a 9-months long competition, LAN has been chosen for the restructuring and the extension of the Grand Palais at the very heart of Paris. "The project was held for its respect toward the historic building for the quality and the modernity of the fittings that will allow the enhancement of the Grand Palais. The volume of the galleries around the Grand Nave, the unity of the building and the circulation of the lights will be restored."LAN, won the competition !
The dialogue with the architects in charge of the historic monuments is engaged in order to design the Avenue of the Palaces. By creating a progressive transition from the urban space to the galleries, this new ambulatory becomes a form of preamble. Situated on the basis, it organizes the different entrance phases in a clear sequence before leading the public to the various activities offered.The atrium: a progressive transition from the city to the Art center
The restructuring of the National Galleries seeks to take into account the interdependence between comprehending the work and its formal and conceptual presentation. This becomes a unique opportunity to develop a vast range of diverse “situations” in terms of volumes, light, materials, and their relationship to the outside. It is not simply a question of making the volumes flexible, but of giving them the ability to become an event in and of themselves.Thirteen gallery modules for a large flexibility
The Composition and the decomposition of the existing monument and the project. To our contemporary eyes, the Grand Palais is both an idea and a symbol of modernity. It is a hybrid building in terms of its architecture, its usage and its history. Neither a museum nor a simple monument, its architecture has an identity all its own, centered around the notion of a “culture machine,” a spatial means for hosting a vast diversity of events and audiences that exponentially exalts the site’s “universal” and “republican” vocation.Redrawing a historical monument
The pure geometry of the circle creates a new symbol and marker at the urban level for the entrance to the New Grand Palais on the Jean Perrin Square. It will become a veritable place of its own that can host both planned and spontaneous activities.
The reunion of all the entities of the building allows a transversal parcours through the setting of events common to all the actors of the Grand Palais. Theses spaces, as well as the Grand Nave, the auditoriums, the reception and the observatoire, become spaces available to host other events than initially planned.
A tourist itinerary opens on the Grand Palais of the city. An internal tourist itinerary continues through the outside promenade, along the rooftop of the Grand Palais. Crowning the crossing of the spaces, an observatory is offered to the public. It allows them to discover the roof’s materiality and the architectural qualities from up close, and it will provide them with unobstructed, totally new vista.