ARCHITECTURE DAYS 2021: 7 PLACES TO SEE AROUND PARIS
The theme of this year’s Architecture Days is “Living together”. During the event, which takes place from October 15th – 17th, a selection of places – not usually open to the public – are open to visitors. Discover our selection of 7 must-see places for this year.
The La Roche House
Built between 1923 and 1925 by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Maison la Roche is today considered a benchmark of modern architecture in France. Located at the end of a quiet passageway in the sixteenth arrondissement of Paris, the building displays its modernity with its large white facade, trademark strip windows and flat roof. The house is twinned with the Maison Jeanneret, which now houses the Le Corbusier Foundation.
On Saturday October 16th, as part of the National Architecture Days 2021, Maison La Roche will be open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
8-10 Sq. du Dr Blanche
75 016 Paris
The Hiron house is one of the most atypical architectural projects in the city of Poissy, near Paris. Inaugurated at the end of the 19th century, this building takes its name from the materials used in its manufacture. It was during the 2020 Architecture Days that the house was first reopened, after a major renovation, which began in 2014. The Hiron house – constructed with sheet metal, using a special technique – is representative of a flourishing French industrial period. Located in lush greenery next to the forest of Saint-Germain en Laye, it is a quiet and relaxing place.
Free entry on the weekend of Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th October.
2 ter allée des Glaïeuls
78 300 Poissy
Claude Debussy’s house re-opens until January 3rd, 2022. Claude Debussy was born here on August 22nd, 1862 and it was here that his parents shop, selling earthenware and porcelain, was located. The house – full of family memories and objects – is known for its decorative exterior staircase.
The house is open Wednesday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
38 Rue au Pain
78 100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye
This atelier showcases the world of the famous artist Chana Orloff. An intimate place, steeped in history, the atelier-museum gives us an insight into the life and work of Orloff. During her career, Orlaff crossed paths with Soutine, Modigliani and several other artists from L’École de Paris. Built by Auguste Perret next to Villa Seurat, the atelier brings together no less than 200 works. Guided tours are available.
The workshops can be visited from Friday, October 15, 2021, until October 17th.
7 bis vla Seurat
75 014 Paris
This unmissable place in the city of Paris can be discovered in a different way during the Architecture Days. The Center Pompidou offers a programme dedicated to its building designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers and its place in the constantly changing neighborhood of Beaubourg. A guided tour is available on both Saturday and Sunday.
Free entry without reservation, subject to availability.
75 004 Paris
This house-atelier was built in 1925 by the architect André Lurçat, brother of Jean Lurçat. The building – very characteristic of the work of André Lurçat, with its white facades and smooth plaster – is a masterpiece of modernity. The long windows in the atelier bear witness to the influences of the style of the 1920s. The house is fully furnished and shows a collection of Jean Lurçat’s works.
Tours are available in partnership with the National School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville, including access to the “Nature Borders” exhibition. Registration required.
23 Quai de Conti
75 006 Paris
On the occasion of the Architecture Days, the city of Bobigny opens the doors of its Labour Exchange, one of the only works by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer in France. Conceived from 1967 and inaugurated on May 2nd, 1978, this little-known work by the Brazilian architect includes a striking auditorium and office space.