AAVP : Hall de la Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine

What a prestigious welcome! The City of Architecture and Heritage finds its main access, Place du Trocadero in Paris (16e), after two years of work. A renovation of 465 square meters signed by Vincent Parreira Architecture Workshop (AAVP), allowing a better reception of the public, without dispersion.

In the Palais de Chaillot, built on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1878, here is a brand new entrance that awaits visitors. It is now impossible to get lost: after having passed two sets of doors, a volume with a clear view towards the Eiffel Tower is offered to the curious, with a circular reception desk at its center. This reception area, arranged in the middle of eight existing Corinthian columns, restores the lost centrality of this vestibule, when the previous counter was placed in a corner of this parallelepiped space. Above, vertical illuminated signs guide tourists who would not have found it, and other lines to leds direct them to the library, cloakroom, shop and exhibition spaces, arranged symmetrically with respect to this bound.
In the four corners of the room, Vincent Parreira also creates four porticoes surmounted by a fresco, leading to the different spaces of the City named above in this text, like large paintings to cross. Maybe a way to go through history?
At these passages are juxtaposed four steel triptychs, composed of a central information screen and two side mirrors, like baroque furniture.

All these new elements are coated with a thin golden layer laid with a brush, composed of a mixture of copper and zinc: a "Gold leaf of the poor", as the architect likes to call it, a way of "To recover the brilliance of what was a palace", according to Vincent Parreira.

If you feel like taking a look, you can even enjoy a special inauguration rate before the 14 May!

To learn more, visit The site of the City of Architecture and Heritage

Photographs: Luc Broegly

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