Aligned with the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadéro, opposite the Ecole Militaire, the ephemeral Grand Palais designed by the Wilmotte et associés architectural practice stands temporarily on the margins of the Champ-de-Mars in Paris’s 7th arrondissement: imposing enough to project a strong image and be part of this historical perspective, modest enough not to clash with its environment and the illustrious buildings that precede it. Moreover, a major imperative as well as a condition of its construction in this upmarket district of the capital, the ephemeral Grand Palais has a duty not to disturb the peace and therefore to offer all the assurances of noise-free use.
The ephemeral Grand Palais is installed for four years, during which the Grand Palais will benefit from major rehabilitation works. With its location on the Joffre plateau, it reconnects with the history of a site that once housed other ephemeral buildings, those of the Universal Exhibitions of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
A temporary structure therefore, for three years it will accommodate the various prestigious Grand Palais exhibitions relating to art, fashion and sport, as well as cultural and artistic events organised by RMN-Grand Palais. For a further year, it will be used for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, hosting the wrestling and judo events. At the end of this period, the public land occupancy agreement will come to an end and the building will be dismantled. The statue of Marshal Joffre and the two fountains on the site, temporarily incorporated into the building, will then return to the open air. Only the foundation micro-piles will remain, reinforcing ground consisting of disparate backfill materials.
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An Ephemeral Grand Palais
|Client||RMN-Grand Palais, Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games|
|Architects||Wilmotte & associés architectes|
Chabanne engineering and energy (structure and services); Lamoureux (acoustics); CSD (safety, fire safety systems coordinator); Lisi (smoke extraction), Cronos (public safety); Socotec (project supervision).
Mathis (framing), IASO (roofcovering, lining), Laporta (structural work), Sodimav (acoustic panels), Swal (interior fabric), SNEF (electricity), Andreu (HVAC), Medinger (Roads and services)…
|Sandwich panel suppliers
Trimo for the roofcovering and ArcelorMittal Construction for the northeast and southwest facades.
Approximately 10,000 m²