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Paris Architecture Tours
Parisian Architect Guides, France – exclusive building walks in the French capital city tailor made for groups.
post updated 9 September 2023
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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 design by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture:
photo © Luc Boegly
Paris Walking Tours
Paris Architecture Introduction
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 on the west side of the city – includes many late 20th century towers. These key contemporary buildings can be visited on one of our Paris Architecture Tours.
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 Institute, 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:
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 building designed by New York’s SO – IL Architects with Parisian architecture firm laisné roussel:
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.
Lycée Franco-Allemand School, rue Collin Marnet, Buc building design by Behnisch Architekten south west of the city centre:
photo © David Matthiessen
Lycée Franco-Allemand School Buc
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)e-architect.com
e-architect also organise architecture walking tours in other West European cities such as Barcelona, London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We also offer city walks across the rest of Europe, American and Asia.
Location: Paris, northern France, western Europe
European Building Tours
Contemporary Parisian Architectural Designs
Pompidou Centre Paris
Design: Richard Rogers / Renzo Piano Architects
A world-famous Parisian building design. Renovations announced in 2017 include replacing the “caterpillar”, the famous escalators on the front of the building, however the building’s overall appearance will apparently not be changed.
lnstitut du Monde Arabe
Design: Jean Nouvel Architect
This structure features beautiful arabic-inspired fenestration, where small oculi open & contract to allow varying levels of light in. The Institut du monde arabe was a result of one of the first Grands Projet architecture competitions.
Pyramide du Louvre
Design: I.M. Pei & Partners Architects
The Louvre Pyramid design was one of the most controversial of President Mitterrand’s Grand Projets. Entitled Le Grand Louvre, and completed in 1981, it features a glazed pyramid located in the centre of this courtyard to help improve gallery access and circulation.
Philharmonie de Paris
Design: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Musée du quai Branly
Design: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Major recent architectural designs in the French capital city on e-architect:
Gaîté Montparnasse building designed by Dutch architects MVRDV:
photo © Ossip van Duivenbode
Gaité Montparnasse Paris Buildings
Gaîté Montparnasse, the MVRDV-designed transformation of a city block just a short walk from Paris’ Tour Montparnasse, is now open. The project has rationalised the existing uses of the mixed-use block – which included a hotel, shopping centre, office space and a library – and densified the area by adding social housing and a kindergarten.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France Building Renewal, 58 rue de Richelieu building designed by Atelier Bruno Gaudin Architectes:
photo © Takuji Shimmura
Bibliothèque nationale de France Richelieu, Paris
Rive de Seine tower, between the Gare de Lyon and the Gare d’Austerlitz building designed by LAN – Local Architecture Network:
image © LAN
Rive de Seine tower
Marriott Paris Airport Hotels, 10, rue du Voyageur, Roissy-en-France building designed by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture:
photo : Luc Boegly
Marriott Paris Airport Hotels, Roissy-en-France
Syctom, Nanterre, south west of Paris building designed by Le Dévéhat Vuarnesson Architectes:
photo : Guillaume Guerin
Syctom Sorting Center Nanterre Building
Morland Mixité Capitale building designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin:
photo © Simon Menges
Morland Mixité Capitale Paris
Grand Central Saint-Lazare building designed by architect Ferrier Marchetti Studio:
photo © Luc Boegly
Grand Central Saint-Lazare Paris Building
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