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La Gaîté Lyrique – Digital Art Center | Paris - France | 2010
  • La Gaîté Lyrique – Digital Art Center | Paris - France | 2010
  • La Gaîté Lyrique – Digital Art Center | Paris - France | 2010
La Gaîté Lyrique – Digital Art Center | Paris - France | 2010

Credits: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Client: Ville de Paris
Surface: 9.500 m²
Photographer: Philippe Ruault and Vincent Fillon

Project Description
The Gaîté Lyrique theatre in Paris is up for conversion to create a venue for the digital arts and contemporary music, open to both the public and artists, with spaces for diffusion, production and creation.

Our objective was to create a ‘permissive’ place that includes whatever is random and unexpected, a place that defines itself without predefining everything, that enables encounters in fusion and breaks down barriers between the digital arts, the music of today and new modes of exchange between the public and artists.

We identified two types of space, and imagined an ideal support for each of them:

Presentation spaces:
These are the three main volumes of the project: the main auditorium, the media theatre and the conference room. All of these spaces lend themselves to reconfiguration for sound, image or stage events, and are designed as double envelopes which define open-ended places that never predetermine the performer-spectator relationship and thus enable new forms of experimentation.

Breathing spaces:
Around the structuring contours, the programme comprises spaces that are more permeable and elastic. They assume functions such as reception, exhibitions, café, foyers, mediathèque, and spaces to be used by artists. Each of these sub-sets is designed to evolve in time, to move in space, and to be as flexible as possible in its surface areas, capacities and links with other functional sets.

The ‘éclaireuse’ modules:
Once this interacting principle had been defined, the problem was to ensure real mobility such as would enable the venue to evolve easily. The role of the ‘éclaireuse’ modules ensures this mobility and endless invention. They are comprised of small modules, concentrated in terms of technique, to be used by both the artists and the public for creation or presentation, and which construct and de-construct a multitude of scenographies scanned by the living rhythm of the venue.

These modules are the size of a container and are designed to move so as to embody by their form and possible functions the notion of nomadism.



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