Previously closed in on itself and difficult to penetrate, the underground part of Les Halles will now be open to the exterior, with improved visibility and visual unity.
The street level part of the development will be demolished and rebuilt to confer new continuity between above and below.
The Canopy imposes new visual coherence and unity on the street level structures, while also providing a roof and a principal point of ingress.
From street level, the eye can take in the gardens, the new
buildings and their surroundings, with a bird’s eye view of the heart of the Forum. The church of Saint-Eustache and the open sky will be visible from level -3 of the patio, where escalators and broad staircases lead to the gardens on street level.
The RER station will be clearly visible right from the street-level entrance points.
All areas dedicate special attention to illumination, with the emphasis on the diffusion of natural light.
Clarity, open prospects, wider spaces... Les Halles will breathe better, and so will its users.
Courtesy of Les Halles redevelopment project