in 1988 the Pavillon de l’Arsenal is the centre
for information, documentation and exhibition for urban
planning and architecture of Paris. It is
a unique place, where information concerning urban development
and architectural realisations in Paris is available to
As urban issues are in the heart of current debates,
it is essential to present these questions in an attractive
and pedagogic way, to allow citizens to be in the middle
of the process of architectural and urban creations.
The main activities of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal
are to exhibit Parisian architecture and urban-planning;
to give visitors the most accurate documentation possible;
to publish reference books on topics affecting the day-to-day
life of Parisians and to provide a forum for the individuals
and authorities involved in shaping the city.
The Pavillon de l’Arsenal aims to allow a large
public to understand the evolution of Paris and its projects.
In order to preserve the balance of the Parisian cityscape,
today’s planners must use an urbanism centred on
proximity issues involving dialogue and concerted actions.
Our key missions are to explain the “architecture”
of the city, its development over the centuries, its present
state and prospects for the future as well as to present
the urban expertise of Paris, its architects and contractors
to foreign visitors.
The main hall of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal presents
three types of exhibition.
On the ground floor, the permanent exhibition «
Paris a guided Tour; the city, past and present »
explains on 800 sqm the architecture of the city and shows
how Paris was built over the centuries as well as its
actual and future projects on various scales, from the
Parisian metropolis, through the city, the neighbourhood,
to the street.
The 1st floor welcomes on 600 sqm three main temporary
exhibitions a year, centred on a particular theme. The
thematic approach is diverse: the architecture of the
concrete, housing in Paris, the Paris of Haussmann, the
Paris of private homes, or more recently the 454 projects
for Paris 2012. Since it’s opening the Pavillon
de l’Arsenal has presented more than forty exhibitions
to the public.
Topical galleries, exhibitions dedicated to French and
international architecture are organised on the two galleries
situated on the second floor.
In addition to this, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal proposes
to the public a documentation centre, a photographic library
and a bookshop-boutique.
de l’Arsenal is a non profit association created
under the law 1901.
ALEXANDRE LABASSE, architect
years the Pavillon de l’Arsenal presents...
• 3 thematic exhibitions
• 20 architectural competitions
• 4 new publications
• 10 conferences
• 100 guided visits of its exhibitions
• 50 international delegations
• over 200.000
Factory-workshop of the Samaritaine department Store
Rehabilitation by architects Bernard Reichen et Philippe
Storage of archives
Opening of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal
A brief history of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal...