The Parisian cityscape has long captivated travellers’ hearts with the most elegant streets in the world. But now Paris wants to build a brand new street, ‘Rue des Palais’, whose €466m facelift and Chanel-sponsored entrance will make it more glamorous than ever.
The Grand Palais is an icon of Parisian heritage
The Grand Palais, located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, is much more than just another art exhibition hall and museum complex. Its huge glass barrel-vaulted roof has become a true icon of Paris’s architectural glory, dating back to 1897. The venue has a rich history that includes pioneering the Art Nouveau movement and serving as a military hospital during World War I.
The new street is an ambitious restoration project
The plans to build a brand new street, ‘Rue des Palais’, is primarily a restoration project that will fix the flaws of décor, spruce up its structures and return the original interior lighting. But it’s not just an aesthetic project, there are logistical interests at stake here, too. The new street will serve to join previously unconnected corners of this complex and direct passers-by towards new artistic discoveries.
A love-affair with luxury fashion
There are few Parisian monuments as closely associated with Chanel as the Grand Palais. The venue has hosted this luxury fashion house’s ready-to-wear and couture presentations for the last 13 years. Taking this historic love affair to new levels, Chanel has announced itself as the exclusive sponsor, contributing an epic 25 million Euros into the landmark’s restoration. As a thank-you, the entrance will be baptised in Chanel’s honour.
It will link the Champs-Elysées with the River Seine
The Champs-Elysées is dotted with designer boutiques, making it the most luxurious stretch for shopping in Paris. It will also become one of the most relaxing places to shop now that the new pedestrian boulevard will link it to the River Seine, making riverside promenades a natural way to end the day. The construction of this street will also open up the complex of galleries and exhibition spaces to make them more accessible and hopefully increase the number of visitors.
A facelift fit to host the 2024 Olympic Games
After three failed attempts to host the world’s most epic sporting event, Paris will be pulling all the stops out to get in shape for the Olympics in 2024. The building will close completely for more than two years with the first parts of the remodelled complex reopening in the early months of 2023, giving plenty of time to be finished for the Games.