Architecture – Paris – The New Pathe Foundation Headquarters by Renzo Piano


Paris will always be Paris, but a touch of modernity here and there makes this incredible city what it is today. Remember that the Eiffel Tower was not suppose to stay and many people hated this ‘modern’ metalic thing in the middle of the city.

The latest addition is brought to us by Pathe Foundation and Renzo Piano. 8 years to design and built their new headquarters set to officially open on September 9, 2014.

images by Michel Denancé have emerged and the result is quite surprising and amazing.  “An unexpected presence”  a curved bulbous structure that looks like it’s been squeezed into an opening within a historic Parisian city block. “The art of inserting a new building into an historic city block,” says Piano, “means engaging in an open, physical dialogue with the existing city buildings.”.

From the street, Avenue des gobelins, you won’t see much.

Pathe-Foundation-Renzo-Piano-13The facility is dedicated to the preservation of the pathé film legacy and the overall promotion of cinematography. the program includes exhibition spaces for temporary and permanent collections, a 70-person film screening room, offices for the the foundation, as well as storage of the artist’s archives.

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