Headed to the 2024 Olympics: 20 Innovative and Iconic Architectural Projects to Explore in Paris.

Headed to the 2024 Olympics: 20 Innovative and Iconic Architectural Projects to Explore in Paris.

In 1900, Paris hosted its first Olympic games. It had been the second city to host them after the first Olympics in Athens. It was also the year of the Exposition Universelle, where the city would again showcase how it remade itself anew in less than 30 years. To this day, Paris remains a hub for all sorts of architectural innovation and development through bold designs that affect how people live and new materials and techniques. It fascinatingly juxtaposes grandeur and monumentalism with its predominately baroque, “second empire,” and art nouveau works; while also pushing for designs that strive for social living reforms such as in Le Corbusier’s experimental works or Lacaton & Vassal’s considerate interventions.

It’s this openness to the world that attracts not only millions of visitors a year but also innovators and architects who have set up shop in Paris and made it their second home. Once again, the city reworks itself as mass construction, renovation, and restoration sites culminate all over the city to host international athletes at the 2024 Olympics.

While we’ve already considered some of Paris’s renowned modernist and brutalist buildings, we’ve listed 20 iconic Cultural, Commercial, and large Office projects worth visiting this summer.

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La Bourse de Commerce / Tadao Ando Architect & Associates + NeM Architectes + Pierre-Antoine Gatier

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La Samaritaine / SANAA + LAGNEAU Architectes + Francois Brugel Architectes Associes + SRA Architectes

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Palais de Tokyo Expansion / Lacaton & Vassal

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Le Monde Group Headquarters / Snøhetta

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La Seine Musicale / Shigeru Ban Architects

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The Giacometti Institute Museum / Pascal Grasso Architectures

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Philharmonie de Paris / Jean Nouvel

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Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners

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Pathé Foundation / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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Docks de Paris / Jakob + MacFarlane

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Musee du Quai Branly / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Le Grand Louvre / I.M. Pei

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Gymnasium Jules La Doumègue / Jean Peccoux

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French Communist Party Headquarters / Oscar Niemeyer

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France / Dominique Perrault

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Centre Georges Pompidou / Renzo Piano Building Workshop + Richard Rogers

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Galeries Lafayette Haussmann / Georges Chedanne and Ferdinand Chanut

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Musée d’Orsay / Victor Laloux, Lucien Magne and Émile Bénard

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Eiffel Tower / Gustave Eiffel

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Palais Royal / Jules Hardouin-Mansart

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