Music for everyone
The Philharmonie de Paris’s new building stands in the Parc de la Villette in eastern Paris. Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, this unique project is now an unmissable landmark on the eastern Parisian skyline, due to:
- its scale – with a surface area of more than 20,000m2 and measuring 52m high, almost twice as high as the average Parisian building;
- its inspired roof, offering a panoramic view over the whole of Paris and covered in aluminum birds, the structure’s architectural signature;
- its curtain wall, which rises above the building, announcing concert programs in lights.
This new Parisian temple to music not only represents an enlargement of one of the key cultural elements in Paris’s international cultural influence, but also the creation of a real living space, designed to bring together a diverse audience. Artists, music lovers and the uninitiated now have a brand-new space housing concert halls, rehearsal rooms and exhibition areas, as well as private rooms and catering spaces.
Customized Lafarge concretes from the foundations to the balconies
Our concrete's versatility has enabled it to tackle the technical, aesthetic and acoustic challenges of this unusual project. We supplied almost 50 different formulations to deliver the 50,000m3 of concrete required for the construction of the new Philharmonie. Our Lafarge concrete solutions were used for:
- the double wall of the Grande Salle, whose concrete insulates the room against noise from the busy Paris ring-road outside;
- the beams of the long, suspended balconies of the upper level, with our Agilia® self-placing and self-leveling concrete, which surrounds the listener in music;
- finally, the access roads, created using our fast-setting Chronolia® concrete as well as our Artevia® Roche and Relief decorative concretes, chosen for their aesthetics.
The geographical proximity of our Pantin plant, less than 350m from the worksite, also played a significant role in finalizing the project!
The new Paris Philharmonic building was opened on January 14, 2015, with an Opening Gala attended by a number of leading French classical music performers. Find here the live webcast to watch and listen to the whole inaugural concert.