The Philharmonie de Paris, designed in 2015 by Jean Nouvel, contains the largest concert hall in Paris. The six-story building with an aluminium facade featuring 340,000 bird motifs glows from a distance like the scales of a fish. The unusual form makes the facility resemble large interlocking slabs of stone or a pirate’s hat, depending on the vantage point. The futuristic building is located in Parc de la Villette to the northeast of the city, and also contains a music education center and 15 rehearsal rooms of different sizes.
The large concert hall with 2400 seats is the fulcrum of the project. The balconies organized on two levels are defined as immaterial clouds of music and light by Jean Nouvel. The oval form permits perfect viewing of the central stage from any position in the house.
The facility also has various cafes and a restaurant from which to enjoy a panoramic view of Paris.
The restrooms feature three different collections by Duravit: the elegant washstands of the Vero series and the iconic Starck 1 urinals and Starck 3 toilets by Philippe Starck.