Galeries Lafayette, Boulevard Haussmann
Its 43 meter high Neo Byzantine glass and steel dome, designed by Ferdinand Chanut, was inaugurated in 1912.
Designed by Francois Jean Delannoy in neo-classical Pompeian style, it was inaugurated in 1826. The mosaic floors are by Giandomenico Facchina and Mazzioli.
Galerie Colbert was built in 1826 and 1827 to plans by Jean Billaud right next to the commercially very successful Galerie Vivienne. But even with its 15m wide rotunda illuminated then by a gaz chandelier, Galerie Colbert lost the battle with its neighbour. Over time it was less and less maintained and in 1981 Luc Besson used it as a location for his first feature film Dernier Combat. In 1983 it had to be demolished and these days we actually visit a concrete-framed facsimile ! It now houses the Institut Nationale d’Histoire de l’Art and the Institut National du Patrimoine. The statue from 1822 is by Charles-François Nanteuil.
Front de Seine
Front de Seine, located right before the Eiffel Tower, contains some very original skyscrapers: the red Hôtel Novotel Paris Tour Eiffel (originally named the hôtel Nikko) was designed by Julien Penven and Jean-Claude Le Bail and completed in 1976. Next to it the blue Totem tower designed by Michel Andrault and Pierre Parat and built between 1976 and 1979. It contains 207 apartments on 31 floors. Its design was supposed to optimize the view on the Seine.
Designed by Charles Garnier, Opéra Garnier was built for the Paris Opera between 1861 and 1875. Due to its opulence it is also frequently referred to as the Palais Garnier. The auditorium can seat 1979 and the stage is the largest in Europe.
In 1982 an international competition was launched for a new opera house as part of François Mitterand’s Grands Travaux building program. 756 entries were received and Carlos Ott, an Uruguayan architect living in Canada, won the competition. After 5 years of construction with a cost of 330 million €, the building was inaugurated on July 13 1989, on the eve of the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution.
Palais de la découverte
This 25000 square meters science museum occupies the Palais d’Antin, the west wing of the Grand Palais, built to designs by Albert-Félix-Théophile Thomas for the Exposition Universelle in 1900.
Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris
Design: Kenneth Armstrong and Masayuki Yamanaka, built between 1994 and 1997
Pyramide du Louvre
Commissioned by François Mitterand in 1984, the pyramids were designed by I.M. Pei and completed in 1989. The main pyramid has a height of almost 22 meters, consists of 673 glass panes, and serves as the main museum entrance.
La Cinémathèque française
Frank Gehry was commissioned by the American Center to design its new home in the Bercy district. It was inaugurated in 1993. After the American Center closed for budgetary reasons in 1996, the interior was redesigned by local firm l’Atelier de l’Île, and it has been the home of the Cinémathèque française since 2005.
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Design: Wilmotte & Associés Architectes, built between 2013 and 2016
The five domes of the Cathedral are covered with 90,000 gold sheets. The largest one measures 17 m in circumference and weighs 8 tonnes.
Design: Harry Seidler, built between 1975 and 1977
Located only 400m from the Eiffel tower, the Australian Embassy consists of two buildings, the Chancellery with the diplomatic missions to France, OECD and UNESCO and a residential apartment building with 34 units for Australian diplomats.
Bibliothèque nationale de France
This reading room was designed by Henri Labrouste and inaugurated in 1868. The ceiling frescos and its 9 cupolas letting natural light flow into the room were intended to make us feel like we were reading outdoors.
Built between 1887 and 1889
Charles de Gaule airport
Design: Paul Andreu, inaugurated in 2003
Built in the early 20th century by architects Paul Friesé and Cassien Bernard; converted into a hotel in 2009 by Serero architects.