Gallery: Jean Nouvel’s Shipping Container Restaurant Sprouts on Seguin ...


Les Grandes Tables of Seguin Island is a large timber-framed structure wrapped in glass. The bare bones suspended scaffolding wraps around recycled shipping cargo containers, giving it an industrial yet minimalist look. Set in the middle of a seasonal garden, the 1,000 square foot restaurant also contains an agricultural greenhouse that produces a combination fresh vegetables and exotic plants unknown to the Ile-de-France region. The building’s transparent encasement allows sunlight to shine upon visitors and plants, while natural ventilation keeps them cool and comfortable. With weather permitting, the transparent roof opens to infuse fresh air into the space.

The building seats over 120 guests and will also serve as a venue for parties, weddings, meetings, and cultural get-togethers. This isn’t just any restaurant -guests at Les Grandes Tables will enjoy regional cuisine cooked by none other than famed French chef, Arnaud Daguin.

Abandoned by French carmaker Renault nearly 20 years ago, the Seguin Island has been a bit of an eyesore for Paris for many years. Under Jean Nouvel’s new plan, the island will become an incredible new attraction for tourists and Parisians alike. The restaurant was finished first, as it is designed to be a central meeting place for the much larger island project. Slated to be finished by 2013, Nouvel’s plan for Seguin Island is quickly becoming one of the most highly anticipated projects in Paris.

+ Jean Nouvel Architects

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  1. lennyesq December 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Sorry…my old eyes aren’t as good as they used to be; i.e., the ramp form the other side does not lead directly to the second floor; but to a staircase. Let’s hope there is an elevator.

    Access for the disabled does, indeed, seem to be an issue.

  2. lennyesq December 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    The “scaffolding” is the frame for the transparent greenhouse roof and walls. Parts of the roof open to allow ventilation in warmer months. The greenhouse is to provide “home-grown” and exotic items for the restaurant.

    The second floor is actually at the entry level for the main entrance.

  3. artcenterjo November 15, 2011 at 10:06 am

    in complete agreement with de_noget:”Is there a useful purpose to the scaffolding, or is it simply for decoration? It seems superfluous to me.”– it is probably the designer thinking to further on the pompidou center’s extra-shell idea “not with great results”. leave it to a parisian to add this kind of detail that defies the idea of “thinking outside the box”.

  4. de_nogent October 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Is there a useful purpose to the scaffolding, or is it simply for decoration? It seems superfluous to me. Seems like a bad idea to put a restaurant on the second story; there is an elevator for the elderly and handicapped, right? Sorry to be critical, but I would have done some things differently.

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