French firm LAN has been chosen to revamp the classic Grand Palais in Paris. The Beaux-Arts exhibition hall and museum complex is 240m in length and was constructed in 1897 in iron and steel with a glass barrel-vaulted roof. This renovation project will bring the historical venue up to date with modern standards while retaining the core identity of the building in a €130m development.
Of their design, LAN says: “The project of restoration and redesign of the Grand Palais affords the chance to reinforce the aspiration of the Grand Palais to be a ‘culture machine’, a spatial means for hosting a vast diversity of events and audiences that exponentially exalts the site’s ‘universal’ and ‘republican’ vocation.
"Our credo for the New Grand Palais is to complete and strengthen its formal logic through interventions that return a sense of modernity to its whole, at the same time, respecting its traditional identity.”