Japanese master architect Shigeru Ban has won an international design competition to erect “Cité Musicale,” a new mixed-use cultural center slated for Seguin Island in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Located southwest of central Paris, the island project on the Seine river will be a new symbolic gateway to the capital.
Cité Musicale will be comprised of a multipurpose hall with up to 6,000 seats, a classical musical hall with seating for up to 1,150 guests, as well as rehearsal or reading rooms. It will also provide facilities and housing for the Paris Opera Ballet Music School, and a retail shop will be on site as well.
Aiming for a 2016 completion date, the 393,000 square foot island project will rehabilitate a site that was used as a Renault factory for roughly 70 years. Jean Nouvel conceived a cultural masterplan for Seguin Island, but nothing ever came of it. Cité Musicale will be the first project to lift off, and it will include plenty of green space to boot.