“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” by Dominic Perrault Architecture

February 14, 2017

Discover the exhibition on the proposals from the “Île de la Cité” project report by the French architect and former member of the jury for the BigMat International Architecture Award.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

What is the future of the Île de la Cité? La Conciergerie will host the panels showing the 35 proposals included in the report made by Philippe Belaval, President of the French National Monuments Center and architect Dominique Perrault, which was handed in to Mr. François Hollande, President of France. The report, named “Mission Île de la Citè”, present s a possible future for the city island by 2040.


 

Practical information

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart”
February 15- April 17, 2017
La Conciergerie
2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
France

 


In the heart of the Île de la Cité, the Conciergerie’s Hall of Gens d’Armes welcomes 20 backlit, large-format panels presenting the project, its objectives and its proposals. Between the century-old columns of this magnificent Gothic hall, maps, projections and videos will allow visitors to immerse themselves in what could be the Island of the City by 2040.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

Some of the proposals that have been developed and illustrated by the team are the redesign of the central square of Lutèce, the reunification of the Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie in a unique space, a landscaped promenade to the South of the Island, an embankment area serving the square of Notre-Dame de Paris and a series of  covered boardwalks.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

A brochure was created specifically for the exhibition in order to accompany the visitor in his discovery of the proposals, allowing him or her to discover more about the contents displayed. “Mission Île de la Cité”, a smartphone app which can be downloaded free of charge, also offers to extend the exhibition’s scope by walking through the Île de la Cité.

Thanks to the creation of virtual models, accessible through 360 ° augmented reality views in a dozen points of the island, the public will be able to imagine themselves on the Island in 2040.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

Finally, the public will also have the opportunity to contribute to the reflection on the Future of the Island through an interactive system.

The exhibition “Mission Island of the City, the heart of the heart” will be open to the public, with free admission from February 15 to 19 and March 5. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, until 17 April, the entry fee for the Conciergerie will be free of charge.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

Located in the very heart of Paris, the Île de la Cité is one of the most iconic and renowned places of the capital, a showcase of its historic layers built over centuries. Yet its current urban condition could hardly be considered as satisfactory. Limited by poor touristic facilities and pedestrian planning, foreigners often visit Notre Dame in a hurry while Parisians simply prefer to avoid the place. With the upcoming relocation of several major institutions located on the Île de la Cité, namely the Paris Court of Justice and the Police headquarters for which new buildings are under construction in the north of Paris, now is the time to think and imagine better urban qualities for this UNESCO-listed heritage site.

In December 2015, the French President François Hollande decided to address this challenge by entrusting Dominique Perrault, architect and urbanist, along with Philippe Bélaval, President of the French Center for National Monuments, to carry out a prospective study on the future of the Île de la Cité over the next 25 years.

The report was presented by Philippe Bélaval and Dominique Perrault to French President François Hollande, in attendance of French Minister of Home Affairs Bruno Le Roux, French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.


 

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