The French capital is seriously getting ready to welcome the 2024 Paris Olympics. Proof of it, several major monuments are closing very early to start renovations. It’s what happens for the famous Grand Palais nestled on Avenue du Général Eisenhower.
Starting January 2021, the Grand Palais will close to the public to get a makeover and proudly welcome the 2024 Summer Olympics.
We can imagine how disappointed many art amateurs rushing to the Grand Palais every year to admire always prestigious exhibitions are. These past few years, the Parisian monument conquered us with exhibitions focusing on Miro, Irving Penn, Edward Hopper, Rodin and of course Claude Monet… But may art enthusiasts be rest assured since in 2021, the Grand Palais moves out until 2024 to the Champ-de-Mars.
To do so, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN)-Grand Palais chose to team up with Paris 2024 and to entrust this very beautiful project to architecture studio Wilmotte & Associés in order to create an impressive and temporary 10,000sqm building.
While waiting to discover the temporary Grand Palais with your own eyes, we can already tell you that this building, respecting the composition axis of the Champ-de-Mars, will take place on the Plateau Joffre and be 20 meters high, a height strictly necessary to its use.
As for the sound isolation, to limit noise disturbance, the temporary Grand Palais will unveil a “double skin featuring strong assets, not only acoustically speaking but also thermic and about the airflow, leading to a weaker energetic cost”.
Every year, an additional structure will be temporarily added to the main structure in order to offer to some events a surface of about 18,000 sqm.
Thanks to this temporary Grand Palais, main events, usually held within the legendary Parisian monument, will remain such as FIAC, Saut Hermès, Chanel fashion show, Paris Photo. We’ve also been told that the building will house the Olympic judo and wrestling competitions.
The Grand Palais isn’t the only building to undergo renovations, since the Palais de la Découverte also temporarily moves out.
After closing in August 2020, it will move to Paris 15th arrondissement, to the heart of the Parc André-Citroën to welcome its first visitors within a temporary 770sqm area, starting September 2020.