Henning Larsen storms Opéra Bastille competition

Henning Larsen Architects' Opéra Bastille proposals

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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