Representing a major accomplishment for the City of Paris and the bustling 3rd arrondissement, the all-new public space - Carreau du Temple - is now open to the public.
Over ten years in the planning process, this success of a public-private partnership has been a pet project of Paris' outgoing mayor Bertrand Delanoë since he first took office back in 2001. In this area known as the Haut-Marais or upper Marais, which extends from just above Place Vosges up to République, this historic monument has at last been honored with its just recognition. It's seen various incarnations dating all the way back to 1808, and the area itself, known as "Temple," was once a 13th-century enclave of the Knights Templar.
The new Carreau du Temple — Photo courtesy of Fernando Javier Urquijo / Studio Milou Architecture
In a gorgeous, refined metallic structure of La Halle, with warm wood accents and monochromatic background, this immense public space is dedicated to three general multi-purpose uses: sport, art / culture and events.
The architictural firm Studio Milou won the open-call competition for the project and began work on the Carreau du Temple in 2007. The vision of Jean-Françcois Milou’s design was to valorise the iconoclastic Parisian architectural style of La Halle which, with its partial glass roof, allows for natural daylight to infuse the structure.
Sport competitions, sessions, courses and training will be held in the 1800-square-meters Halles, which rests under an eight-meter canopy ceiling and can accommodate up to 3000 people standing. The separate auditorium, also on the ground floor, can hold 250 people and offers exceptional sound quality.
There’s also a bar-restaurant here, Le Jules, open all day from morning to midnight, serving cocktails and light refreshments.
This venue is sure to become a Paris highlight — Photo courtesy of Fernando Javier Urquijo / Studio Milou Architecture
In the basement are several studios, all 335 square meters or larger for use as dojos, well-being fitness rooms, dance and choreography and other sporty type activities. The roomy lounge, dressing rooms and meeting room are also here. Additional meeting rooms are available on the second floor as well.
For its arts and culture mandate, Carreau du Temple highlights a multidisciplinary agenda of dance, puppetry and concerts all in co-operation with major partners such as Le Théatre de la Ville and l’Orchestre National de Jazz. Another of their programs is the emergent artists residencies, which umbrellas the Jeunes Talents – Jeunes Créateurs Programme.
For events, these will include fashion shows, food fairs, drawing exhibits, private sales, pop-up shops, green and urban ecology expos, art and design.
The Carreau du Temple is destined to become a Parisian sport, cultural, art and event mecca, and it's truly a gift to the population at large - both residents and visitors - from the City of Paris and its 3rd arrondissement.
Architectural details of Carreau du Temple — Photo courtesy of Fernando Javier Urquijo / Studio Milou Architecture