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Harmonies and chords…

In the word Philharmonic, one easily imagines a love of harmony. We play in successive harmonies, in urban harmonies. The Paris Philharmonic exists like a prestigious event which maintains the harmonious relationship with the Parc de la Villette, La Cité de la Musique and the Paris ring road.
Primo: Harmony with the light of Paris, the ray of sun in the grey clouds, the rain… An architecture of measured and composed reflections created by a subtle relief of cast aluminium paving that draws Escheresque patterns on the ground.
Secundo: Harmony with the Parc de la Villette, a continuation of Tschumian themes, a horizontal sheltered garden beneath the building, punctuated follies, reflections of shade in the shiny architectural surfaces, the creation of a “la Villette hill”, a walkable mineral relief which, following the example of the Buttes-Chaumont, forms an observatory over the urban landscape.
Tertio: Harmony with the Cité de la Musique through the drawing of oblique plans following paved lines of force that have already been traced.
Quatro: Harmony with the ring road and the suburbs by the creation of a sign on a dynamic, distant scale, an illuminated apparition that punctures through the relief, displaying the concert programme…
Another chord needs to be struck with contemporary music and contemporary listeners who have become comfortable and lazy in front of their HiFi systems and CD collections. The Paris Philharmonic is a truly open space.
Primo: The hall and the foyers offer earthly pleasures. One can meet friends here, pass the time wandering around the boutiques, eat and drink in bistros with a view of the garden, read in the lounges…
Secundo: The hall, evoking immaterial sheets of music and light, suspends the listeners in a space on long balconies featuring wide, deep seats for exceptional comfort. Thanks to the suspended design, one has the impression of being surrounded, immersed in music and light. The hall’s shell, a “volumetric cyclorama ", is washed with theatrical lighting according to the repertoire being performed. In fine weather, the windows facing the park and the suburbs can be opened.
Tertio: It is about restoring the lustre to the unique experience that each concert represents, an experience not just about the rapture of music, but about visual and sensory pleasure, about sharing that feeling of desire that inhabits the most prestigious Philharmonic halls. The Paris Philharmonic will belong of this group, helped by its calm yet powerful ‘monomaterial’ aesthetic of cast aluminium with delicate, pearly nuances, and with the mysterious presence of its hall, softly glowing within the grey and silver folds of the edifice.
​​Jean Nouvel

STATUS Built
DATES
Competition : 03. 2007
Competition results : 04. 2007
Building permits: 07. 2008
Construction documents: 05. 2009
Construction start: 02.2011
LOCATION  211, Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
CLIENT public: La Philharmonie de Paris (Paris, FR)
ARCHITECT Jean NOUVEL – Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris, FR)
ASSOCIATED ARCHITECT FOR THE CONCERT HALL Brigitte METRA – METRA+ASSOCIES (Paris,FR)
PROJECT DIRECTOR Mathieu FOREST
CONSTRUCTION PHASE DIRECTOR Didier BRAULT
PROJECT
LEADERS Competition: Toshihiro KUBOTA, Eric STEPHANY, Gaston TOLILA
Studies, constrcution: Bernard AVRIL, Cyril DESROCHES
ARCHITECTS
Competition: Arnaud BRICHET, Grégoire DEFRANCE, Nicolas GROSMOND, Alain GVODENOVIC, Choi HAE JIN, Didier LOBJOIS, Raphael RENARD, Ute RINNEBACH, Reda SLAOUI
Construction: Bernard AVRIL, Caroline BINACHON, Jean-François BODSON, Laure FRACHET, Yuan JIANG, Narjis LEMRINI, Samuel MAYANOBE, Philippe MONTEIL, Matthias RAASCH, Alberto RUBIN, Clara VECI, Qiang ZOU
Building studies: Trevor ABLOTT, Birgit BREIGBEDER, Julien BROUSSART, Grégoire DEFRANCE, Pedro DINIS, Damien FARAUT, Laure FRACHET, Mathilde JAUVIN, Elisabeth KATHER, Sophie LAROMIGUIERE, Carole MAGOT, Kirsi MARJAMAKI-MAS, Samuel NAGEOTTE, Carolina OLIVEIRA, Stéphanie PERRIN, Ute RINNEBACH, Sophie ROGGWILLER, Yves ROUBY, Alberto RUBIN, Anna UGOLINI, Qiang ZOU, Secrétariat de chantier
Assistant (construction phase): Evelyne FELTIN
Concert Hall studies (METRA+ASSOCIES) : Gregory BISMUTH, Florian BRILLET, Francisco CARRIBA, Karen CREQUER, Antoine FORTIER, Vittoria FULCHIGNONI, Claude GODEFROY, Raphaëlle GOULET, Aleksandar JANKOVIC, David LETELLIER, Franca MIRETTI, Jean Marc RIO, Florian VADJOU
GRAPHIC DESIGN Marie MAILLARD, Natalie SACCU DE FRANCHI, Eugénie ROBERT
LANDSCAPE Céline AUBERNIAS, Irène DJAO RAKITINE, Rémy TURQUIN, Laura GIULIANI
3D RENDERINGS  Georges BATZIOS, Raphael RENARD, Manal RACHDI, Benjamin ALCOVER (AJN); Artefactory
INGENEERS
Acoustics of the concert hall: Marshal Day Acoustics (Harold MARSHALL)
Acoustics assistant to Jean Nouvel: Nagata acoustics (Yasu TOYOTA)
Scenography: DUCKS scéno (Michel COVA)
Building acoustics: Studio DAP (Fédérico CRUZ-BARNEY)
Structure: Egis (Pierre BOCK) – Aedis (Concours et APS Competition & preliminary design stage)
Sustainable development: Transsolar
Façades: HAD (Hugh DUTTON), ARCORA (Antoine MAUFFAIS)
Building services: Egis
Séecurity: Casso et Cie
Cost consultant: Sletec Ingénierie
Lighting design: 8’18” (Georges BERNE), L’Observatoire international (Hervé DESCOTTE)
Signage: Autobus Impérial
CONSULTANTS
Competition :  Sylvain CAMBRELAIN, Alain FLEISCHER, Frank MADLENER, Dominique MARCO, Joséphine MARKOVITZ, Gérard PESSON, Alain RICHARD, Marco STROPA, Monique VEAUTE
MODEL Jean-Louis COURTOIS
CONTRACT TYPE Competition, winning project lauréat, full design mission
PROGRAM Salle Philharmonique de 2400 places, Salles de répétitions, Pôle administratif de la Philharmonie de Paris, Pôle éducatif, Espaces d’exposition, Restaurant, Brasserie, Commerces
USABLE FLOOR AREA 42.000 m²
GROSS FLOOR AREA 79.000 m²