Le Grand Palais Éphémère,
a place of EXception
The Grand Palais Éphémère is a temporary building of around 10,000 m2 designed by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The modularity, the use of sustainable materials and the structure of the building make it a project fully in synch with the environmental imperatives of our time.
It is a veritable feat of architectural prowess that has been perfectly integrated into the site of the Champ-de-Mars, an esplanade whose history – like that of the Grand Palais – is closely associated with the Universal Exhibitions that have been held there since 1867.
A temporary event place
The Grand Palais Éphémère will host the events that usually take place in the Nave of the Grand Palais, as well as other artistic and cultural events, including EX.Paris the FIAC, the Saut Hermès and Chanel fashion shows.
It will also be the setting for cultural and artistic experiences designed by RMN – Grand Palais, and will offer a rich programme of events starting in the spring of 2021.
In the summer of 2024, the Grand Palais Éphémère will host the Olympic judo and wrestling competitions.
The architectural project
The Grand Palais Éphémère was built by GL events and designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, a French architect, designer and urban planner renowned for his elegant and understated architecture and his extensive experience in complex structures and events spaces. The structure of the building is designed to be modular and can be reused in many different configurations after is it taken down from the Champs-de-Mars in autumn 2024.
The modularity, the use of sustainable materials and the structure of the building make it a project fully in synch with the environmental imperatives of our time. The Grand Palais Éphémère is an urban and landscaped signal, an expression of the challenges of the 21st century. Built from wood, it stands as the new symbol of sustainable construction in Paris: flexible, agile, bio-sourced and circular.