Palais des Congrès de Nîmes
It is the context that makes the Palais des Congrès an exceptional place.
How to enhance this context through architecture that is 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 common denominator of the project. more
In the distance, a spectacular glass elevated walkway announces the project: the Palais is a building spanning both sides of the street, with red accents – a symbol of Nîmes.
Soon, the visitor discovers the interior of the Great Hall with its balcony, remarkable for its sober elegance and the possibility to let in natural light thanks to movable blinds.
Light, greenery, airiness: The Palais des Congrès is also a real hanging garden! Like a vertical extension of the adjacent archaeological garden, the Palais offers a green facade which complements the glass mosaic of the Museum of Romanity.
The archaeological garden with its Roman ruins finally realizes its potential surrounded by prestigious buildings. The Palais des Congrès becomes both a great tool for Nîmes and an exceptional moment of urbanity. 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