Palais des Congrès de Nîmes
It is first its tight, urban context that makes the Palais des Congrès an unusual place for such a large facility.
How to enhance such an overcrowded context through an architecture that must be both contemporary and respectful of the history of the City of Nîmes?
One of the challenges is that this site is crossed in its center by a historic and busy street. We took advantage of this constraint by making the street a lively common denominator of the project, with a spectacular elevated glass walkway crossing the street overhead. The Palais is a building spanning both sides of the street, with red accents – a symbol of Nîmes.
On the side of the street, the visitor discovers the interior of the Great Hall with its sober elegance and the possibility to let in natural light thanks to movable blinds.
On the other side of the street, the Palais des Congrès’s exhibition halls metamorphose it into a spectacular hanging garden! Like a vertical extension of the adjacent archaeological garden, the Palais offers a green facade which complements the glass mosaic of the nearby Museum of Romanity. back
International Invited Competition, 2019 (including: Chabanne with 3XN, Barozzi Veiga with Tolil and Giliand Atelier, BIG with Tangram)
108,000 sq. feet (10,000 m2)
35 millions HT
Municipality of Nimes
Lead Designer: Bernard Tschumi. Key Personnel: Joel Rutten, Sonia Grobelny, Christopher Ball, Wenjun Yu, Valeria Paez Cala, Mikail Gun, Alissa Lopez Serfozo. BTuA: Véronique Descharrières, Vincent Prunier, Florence Festa, Thomas Sanson, Elisabeth Boscher, Emilie Bilan
Renderings: By Encore (Guillaume Paturel) back