MISSION ÎLE DE LA CITÉ, LE COEUR DU COEUR
Restoring the heart of Paris through 35 proposals for the Île de la Cité
Dominique Perrault and Philippe Bélaval’s project aims to bring life back into the Île de la Cité, whose population has been dwindling for decades. Over the course of the nineteenth century, as residential buildings and activities were replaced by major public institutions, the island gradually turned into an administrative hub. Today the partial relocation of Paris’s Court of Justice, Police headquarters and oldest hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu, into other areas of the city, leaves room for a repurposing of the buildings
The mission aims to propose a new future, over the next 25 years, for the Île de la Cité, a monument-island located in the heart of Paris and the metropolis. With this new study, the island would enter a historical era. Indeed, the island’s last urban renovation was led by Baron Haussmann in the 19th century.
Imagined together or individually, the thirty-five proposed interventions on the Île de la Cité, are designed to make it possible to reveal its monuments, diversify its uses, highlight its institutions and reclaim its public spaces. These proposals are intended to foster a comprehensive architectural, political and economic reflection on the future of the island, which will associate all the public and private stakeholders, starting with the offices of the public administrations located on the Île de la Cité.
On the Île from end to end and through the institutional promenade, discover the proposals in their entirety, opposite.
After a first era spanning over ten centuries, from the foundation of Paris to the French revolution, the island was transformed for the first time during the urban renovation of Paris by baron Haussmann and Napoleon III. With this new project, slated to be completed in 2040, the island will enter a third historical era.