Facade Pavillons 2&3 © Viparis / L'autre image

Pavilions 2 & 3

Christian de Portzamparc's horizontal façade

The project for the façade of Pavilions 2 and 3 takes full advantage of the building’s outstanding horizontal qualities. A lit, animated frieze running the entire length of the façade can be used to display event information and artistic works.

The façade consists of a series of large opaque metal surfaces placed before the structure’s glass front, which brings natural light into the pavilions. This simple play of light will help give events a lively appeal.


Christian de Portzamparc

Christian de Portzamparc is a seeker of forms and meaning as much as he is a builder. He won renown in Paris for the Cité de la Musique (1995) and for his work on the Paris Rive Gauche project in Paris's 13th arrondissement. His most noteworthy achievements include the LVMH tower and One57 in New York, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Cidade das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, the headquarters of Bouygues in Issy-les-Moulineaux, as well as his urban planning work at La Défense, Grand Roissy and Grenoble Presqu’île.


Pritzker Prize, Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme, Grand Prix National de l’Architecture, two prizes of l’Équerre d’argent.