Grand Palais: renovation work to start from Friday March 12

Published by Alexandre G. · Photos by My B. · Published on 9 March 2021 at 12h18
After being closed for a few month, Grand Palais renovation work is ultimately about to start. Renovations are set to begin this Friday March 12, 2021 and expected to last at least three years. A “temporary Grand Palais” set on the Champ-de-Mars is to replace it during renovations and until it is over, in 2025.

Go-ahead for Grand Palais renovations in Paris. Paris historic 120-year-old monument is about to experience in-depth and complete renovations. Starting Friday March 12, 2021, renovations begin in the three buildings creating the iconic and historic monument, originally built for the 1900 World Fair.

Before we can once again make the most of Grand Palais, you will have to wait for spring 2024, expected to be the deadline the nave and the adjacent galleries open to the public. At least for the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics, that will take pace within Paris, and outside. Renovations are expected to end in 2025.

Furthermore, renovations have been reviewed at the end of 2020 to be “sober and more eco-friendly”, as required by Minister of Culture. Grand Palais renovation projects are not new, and renovations starting this Friday have been decided on over ten years ago. Today, renovations are necessary given the many and in-depth degradations noticed inside and outside the building. The renovation worksite on the roof has been tirelessly aiming at sprucing up 20,000sqm out of the 35,000sqm roof since 2016.

In concrete words, work focuses on some priorities. Knocking walls and dividing walls downs, improving accessibility, fire safety, as well as air-conditioning and the new visit trail: there is a lot to do within the building. Renovations are also expected to increase the surface of Grand Palais exhibition area by 30%: moving from 3,000sqm to 3,900sqm. All in all, Grand Palais renovations cost €466 million, shared between sponsorship, subsidies – with the Grand Plan d’Investissement, or Major Investment Plan – and the State’s contract for a loan.

“Temporary Grand Palais”

How to replace Grand Palais while it is being renovated? Built by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, a “temporary Grand Palais” is set on Champ-de-Mars since July 2020 while waiting renovations to end. The temporary structure is expected to house many events such as 2024 Paris Olympics challenge, as well as exhibitions, fairs, and parade, usually pacing Grand Palais’s life.

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3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris 8


M° Champs-Elysées Clemenceau

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