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Friday25 July 2014

Jean Nouvel's Paris concert hall busts budget

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Classical venue set to become world’s most expensive

Construction on Jean Nouvel’s new classical concert venue in Paris is set to continue despite the project cost doubling.

The 2,400-seat Philharmonie de Paris is expected to cost £316 million, making it the world’s most expensive concert hall, but the French government said it was too late to stop the build.

State auditors have warned of “exorbitant inflation in costs”, which are being met by the government and city of Paris.

Meanwhile, other projects commissioned under former French president Nicolas Sarkozy including a new national history museum have been shelved.

Nouvel’s creation, which he has called the “most prestigious project” of his career, will be 52m high with a metal-clad roof that visitors can climb.

The building is scheduled to open in 2015, two years after the original opening date.

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