Les Halles Renovation

July 27, 2010By Paris UpdateWhat's New Potpourri



les halles renovation, paris

Artist’s rendering of the Les Halles Canopée at night. Studiosezz with I. Tiursic and W. Mile

The center of Paris will soon become a construction site again only 40 years after the 19th-century Les Halles market pavilions designed by Victor Baltard were torn down and replaced by an underground shopping mall topped by what look like cheap upside-down mirrored umbrellas. The €760 million master plan by architect David Mangin has been given the official go-ahead by the Paris Prefect and will now enter the “operational phase,” the mayor’s office announced last week. The plan, referred to as “La Canopée,” calls for a reorganization of the RER and Métro transport hub, a new garden and a transparent roof that will cover the shopping center. The work will begin in September and is expected to take four years. Let’s hope they do better this time around. Click here for more images.


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