Philharmonie de Paris, Grande Salle

The stunning new Philharmonie de Paris, designed by architect Jean Nouvel and commissioned by the French Government and the city of Paris, offers an iconic evocation of what can be achieved when architecture, light and music resonate in exquisite harmony.


L'Observatoire provided the lighting design for the main Philharmonic Hall.


Glowing gently at the heart of the building is the illustrious Grand Salle music hall, the Philharmonie’s crown jewel. Light, like music, is a vibration, and in the Grand Salle, their frequencies join to create a fully immersive experience for the contemporary concertgoer.  Just as the sound reflects off the terraced vineyard structure, so does the warm amber light off the walls of the room, imbuing visitors with the sensation that both light and sound emanate from within.  The unparalleled acoustical precision of the Grand Salle is mirrored in the precise assimilation of fixtures into the architecture, as custom LEDs — embedded in the celestial plane of “clouds” that float above the audience — warm the room with a sunset glow.  The first of its kind and without peer, the Philharmonie de Paris has not only revitalized classical music in Paris, but also forever altered the traditional notion of how a symphony space can look, sound and feel.

Location Paris, France
Date Completed 2015
Architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Client Philharmonie de Paris
Type Performing Arts Centers
size1 ft2 / 1 m2
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Solenn Borchers
Project Team Manon Chauliac Nathan Emery Nicolas Dufils Papon Kasettratat Paul Marmin
Awards Architizer Award Jury Winner Plus Categories | Architecture +Light , 2017
IES Illumination Award of Merit , 2017
Press Intramuros, Mar 2015
Architectural Record, May 2016
Photo Credits Studio Dubuisson, Charles Platiau courtesy of Philharmonie de Paris