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Modern architecture in Paris

Paris is one of the best cities to get to know better modern architecture. That is why here I propose a selection of buildings to visit for those who are into architecture but don’t know where to start!

Also, take a look at my itinerary for contemporary art and architecture lovers.


Modern architecture buildings to visit in Paris

  • Fondation Louis Vuitton
    The Foundation Louis Vuitton building, opened in 2014, is designed by architect Frank Gehry for the LVMH group. It is near the Bois de Boulogne, one of the largest parks in Paris planned by Hausmann in 1800. In the interiors, you can find up of 11 exhibition galleries, an auditorium, spaces dedicated to temporary installations, and to host the permanent collection. The building is nicknamed “The Iceberg” due to its color and shape.


  • Foundation Cartier
    The Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art is designed by the architect Jean Nouvel. The main features are the transparency and great considerations of nature. In fact, the lot where the Foundation is located preserves a historic tree planted by Chateaubriand, a well-known writer and patron of oriental art who has greatly influenced the Art Noveau movement.


  • The Institut du Monde Arabe
    The Institut du Monde Arabe was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel. It is a center for Arab culture, as you may guess by the name. The main facade is made of aluminum and glass, two symbols of Western architecture. The texture, on the other hand, is inspired by the ornamental motifs of the mashrabiya, a traditional Arabic decorative element of wood carving.


  • Center George Pompidou
    Maybe the Centre George Pompidou is the most famous modern architecture building in Paris. What’s certain is that this building revolutionized modern architecture, thanks to its designers Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. Functional elements such as pipes and escalators are outside to give more space to the exhibitions inside.