Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The new Carreau du Temple

In the 3rd arrondissemment, there is a beautiful building all in cast iron, called Le Carreau du temple. It  has a very interesting history and used to be among many things, a covered clothes market that lasted until year 2000. In 1976, the local mayor thought of tearing it down to replace it with a... parking lot! but people protested and the stupid project never saw the light of day. Between 2007 and now, it has totally been renovated and turned into a 250 seat auditorium and - below ground level - sport and cultural facilities, including a recording studio. I cannot wait till I visit the inside!

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    1. Well the outside did not change much, but the inside, for sure!

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  2. Such beautiful designs! So glad they did not replace this with a parking lot!

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  3. It's beautiful. I hope you'll get pictures of the inside, too!

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  4. It would have made a nice tech inccubator too. I know Hollande is trying to encourage technical startups. A physical place for a few years at a low cost is one way. This would have made a cool one.

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    1. True Sasho, but we already have a place like that - brand new!

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  5. Beautiful shot with all that blue sky.

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  6. Beautiful shot of a beautiful building! So glad it didn't get torn down, and it makes me wonder (again) how they might have renovated and reused the buildings that housed les Halles.

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    1. I know. It's a shame... But you can't please everyone: now some people complain that renovating old buildings freezes the city in the past...

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  7. Merci Eric

    Will try to visit it in May ( if it will be opened)

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