Les Halles

Paris 1st

Lying within a 4,3 hectares area, the project proposed by SEURA architectes in association with the landscape designer Philippe Raguin, creates a clearly delineated and comprehensible single space that fully expresses the size of the site and recreates generous views over Paris.
The project places emphasis on a planted environment by introducing a large meadow between two wooded borders. Atolls positioned over this planted carpet create a slight sense of movement and provide a setting for mature trees.
A central lane crosses the site, reaching from the Bourse de Commerce building to Boulevard de Sébastopol, and passing below the roof of the Canopée cutting across the promenade reaching from Rue Montorgueil to Rue du Pont-Neuf. Two lanes complete the grid running next to the wooded borders to the north and south and alongside Rue Rambuteau and Rue Berger.
Adjacent to the southern transept of the Saint-Eustache church, the stepped Place René-Cassin retains the “listening head”, the emblematic statue sculpted by Henri de Miller. As it nears the Canopée, the park becomes an esplanade that combines water features, planted islands and a bandstand.
Park keepers’ huts, metalwork and fibrous concrete benches all form part of the street furniture specially designed for this park.

Programme

Nelson-Mandela Park (4,3 hectares), redevelopment of the Forum, redevelopment of the underground roadways, redevelopment of the pedestrian sector

Technical file

Client : Ville de Paris-Sempariseine / RATP (Île-de-France region and transport federation) / Unibail
Project management : SEURA architectes, Philippe Raguin (landscape designer), Light Cibles (lighting designers), ETC (Travel movement engineers), Saguez & Partners (designer), Grontmij Sechaud Bossuyt (engineers)
Surface : 33 hectares
Cost : € 30 M excl. VAT
Mission : coordination of the entire operation / project management for underground works concerning the old and the new Forum / project management for the underground roadways / project management for the Nelson-Mandela Park / project management for the Forum entrances and gates / project management for the construction camp / project management for additional works (Berger car park, north-south strip, sports programme for the tropical greenhouses, premises for the gardeners...)
Schedule : 2004 - Under construction