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Parisian Architect Guides, France – Exclusive Building Walks in the French Capital tailor made for Groups

post updated 12 September 2020

Paris Walking Tours

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Paris Architecture Tour: Exclusive Guided Walks

Our Parisian guided tours are all tailored to suit each booking, we do not allow for bookings to be joined. Our guided tours in North France are all exclusive to each client.

e-architect can assist with a guide / guides for your next office trip, a conference, or university trip in Northern France.

An interesting recent building in the city – New Alesia Cinema Building by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture:
New Alesia Cinema in Paris Building New Alesia Cinema Paris Architecture Tours
photos © Luc Boegly

Paris Architecture Introduction

Villa Savoie, Poissy, by architect Le Corbusier – celebrated 20th Century house on the outskirts of the French capital:
Villa Savoie Building France
photo © Rebecca Breun

Paris is the capital of France and famous for buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Pompidou Centre. Although the scale of the city centre mostly retains its historic density and height there are a number of major contemporary buildings in the city. The cluster at La Défense – the Parisian business district – includes many late 20th century towers. These key buildings can be visited on one of our Paris Architecture Tours.

Pushed Slab by MVRDV, Architects:
Pushed Slab Building Paris Architecture Tours
image from architecture office

Major historic Parisian buildings include Notre-Dame Cathedral, The Pantheon, Garnier’s Opera House and Sacre Coeur. Major contemporary Parisian buildings include The Louvre Museum Pyramid, Institut du Monde Arabe and Parc de la Villette. For visits to some of these, public/private transport is necessary.

Celebrated architects with buildings in Paris include Le Corbusier, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Tadao Ando.

Clearly the French capital is a large city and therefore public transport will be required for most tours over 2 or 3 hours. Our suggestion for a short walking tour in Paris of 2 to 3 hours would be seeing the key buildings externally – The Louvre and the Pyramid in the courtyard, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arab du Monde Insitute, then back to the Pompidou Centre via the Bastille and its opera house. If you have a full day then you can also visit the Arsenale architecture centre on this route and spend more time going in buildings.

AccorHotels Arena in Paris:
The AccorHotels Arena Paris Architecture Tours
photo : Sergio Grazia

If you have more than one day then trips out to La Defense and Parc de la Villette are suggested. The key building at La Defense, amongst the skyscrapers, is the Grand Arch by a Danish architect, one of Mitterand’s Grand Projet. Parc de la Villette is quite a way to the north, past Montmartre and the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur. The landscape contains bright red follies designed by the architect Bernard Tschumi sprinkled around a large park on the site of former abattoirs.

If you are heading south to Soufflot’s Pantheon then it is worth considering visiting the Cartier building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel (one of his early works, really thought-provoking).

A recent architectural design in the French capital city:

L’Atelier de l’Arsenal designed by New York’s SO – IL Architects with Parisian architecture firm laisné roussel:
L’Atelier de l’Arsenal, Place Mazas Paris |
image : Weiss Images

Paris Architecture Walking Tours

Paris Architectural Tours can introduce the most important buildings in the capital or structured around the interests of your group. We are happy to satisfy your architectural interests on our Paris Architecture Tours.

e-architect can provide basic advice to assist your itinerary ahead of you visit to France. Visitors can be met at the start of their Paris architecture walking tour, or from their accommodation.

Paris Architecture : key buildings to visit in the city

Paris Walking Tours

Contact us to arrange your architectural tour on: mob. +44 (0)7952 149814 / isabelle(at)

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e-architect also organise architecture walking tours in other European cities such as Barcelona, London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Contemporary Parisian Architectural Designs

Pompidou Centre Paris
Design: Richard Rogers / Renzo Piano Architects

lnstitut du Monde Arabe
Design: Jean Nouvel, Architect

Pyramide du Louvre
Design: I.M. Pei & Partners Architects

Philharmonie de Paris
Design: Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Musée du quai Branly
Design: Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Paris Buildings

A major recent architectural design in the French capital city on e-architect:

Grand Central Saint-Lazare building designed by architect Ferrier Marchetti Studio
Grand Central Saint Lazare Paris
photo © Luc Boegly
Grand Central Saint-Lazare Paris Building

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