hardel & le bihan: etoile lilas cinema in paris
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nov 29, 2012
hardel & le bihan: etoile lilas cinema in paris

‘étoile lilas cinema’ by hardel & le bihan, paris, france
image © vincent fillon
all images courtesy of hardel & le bihan




in the 20th arrondissement on the eastern periphery of paris, the ‘étoile lilas cinema’ has become a new addition to transform the outskirt development. completed by parisian firm hardel & le bihan, the structure contributes to the lack of theaters and activates the renovated neighborhood by relating to the encompassing neighborhood’s housing, activities and parks. a low profile volume at ground level contains street level shops for passersby. beginning at ground level, a ramping corridor enclosed with transparent glazing is visible from the surrounding context and leads visitors to the public areas above the base.


the enclosed path projects from the black monolithic exterior, passing an outdoor terrace with elevated panoramas of the area. a labyrinthine garden generates playful micro-spaces for open-air projections, parties and events. the corridor continues to ascend, wrapping the perimeter wall of the tall block which rests above its retail base. the solid, black facade conceals the stacked screening rooms but subtle shifts within the floor plates defines their extents.  

main elevation
image © vincent fillon

view of stacked volumes rising above the development
image © vincent fillon

view from street context
image © vincent fillon

(left) view from terrace
(right) entry
image © vincent fillon

ground level corridor
image © vincent fillon

red carpeted corridor rises through the building
image © vincent fillon

image © vincent fillon

stairways along the facade
image © vincent fillon

outdoor terrace
image © vincent fillon

at dusk
image © vincent fillon

at dusk
image © vincent fillon



floor plan / level 0









project info:



contractor: sas cinelilas
architects: hardel & le bihan architectes
project leader: magali lamoureux
internal architect: frédéric namur
landscape designer: pena et pena
structure: evp
services: innovations fluides
economy: gandon
net floor area: 4450 m2 shon cinéma, 1077 m2 shon commerces
total number of seats: 1480
screen 1: 458 seats
screen 2: 274 seats
screen 3: 264 seats
screen 4: 190 seats
screen 5: 100 seats
screen 6: 100 seats
screen 7: 94 seats
competition: 2008
beginning of works: march 2011
delivery: october 2012
cost: 9 m EUR before tax (excluding interior designs and cinema equipment)

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