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Grand Palais

Restoration of the Grand Palais

Charles GIRAULT, Henri DEGLANE, Albert LOUVET, Albert THOMAS, 1900

The Grand Palais is a monument like no other. Its past makes it a transformable, adaptable venue – so many attributes often difficult to reconcile with the imperatives of conservation.


A joint project by the architects Henri Deglane, Louis-Albert Louvet and Albert Thomas, its simple and unitary composition is now fragmented between the large nave, the Palais de la Découverte and the Galeries Nationales. Besides the necessary adaptation to present day use undertaken by the LAN practice, the challenge of the restoration François Chatillon undertakes is to re-establish the tension between the academic expression outside, the clarity of spatial composition and the modernity of transparency and lighting inside. Thus the preliminary phase, known as Phase 0, concerns the restoration of the roofs and upper parts of the Palais d’Antin Rotunda, better known as the Palais de la Découverte with its magnificent glazed ceiling, precedes the very ambitious renovation and redevelopment project of the Grand Palais destined to take the monument into the 21st century.

  • LocationParis (75008)