Danish practice pips French firms in fray to expand Paris institution
Henning Larsen Architects has been appointed to expand Paris’ 1980s Opéra Bastille, creating a third performance space in the complex, extending its façade, and linking the building with the nearby Viaduc des Arts park.
The Danish practice was picked as part of a collaboration with Reichen & Robert Architects, Ducks scenographic, PEUTZ Acoustic Consultants and CET Engineering. It beat French firms SRA Architectes and Blond & Roux Architectes in a “dialogue competition” that spanned a year.
Henning Larsen said the scheme – valued by local media at €59m – would “open up” the Opéra Bastille to its surroundings and make it more of a “local hotspot of urban social life”.
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