odile decq: (phantom) opera restaurant paris
odile decq: (phantom) opera restaurant paris odile decq: (phantom) opera restaurant paris
sep 13, 2011

odile decq: (phantom) opera restaurant paris

french architect odile decq has completed the ‘(phantom) l’opéra restaurant‘, which recently opened in the palais garnier located in paris, france. recessed within the historical building, visitors pass the facade’s original pillars to enter the undulating interior. the mezzanine space is carefully integrated to resist touching the existing structure’s walls, columns and roof. the contemporary addition compliments the classical details of the vaulted stone ceiling without altering history.

restaurant mezzanine overhands into the tall atrium space
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accommodating and seating 90 guests at one time, the large floor plate is suspended with concealed steel plates. a glass wall encompasses the interior isolating the space from the existing shell. the billowing white structure touches down to the lower level producing integrated organic supports. the striking red chairs, benches, and floors produce a theatrical character reminiscent of the phantom of the opera which was once performed within the auditorium.

view of vaulted ceiling from mezzanine seating
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upper level of the restaurant with view to the ground level
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(left) mezzanine edge is setback within the palais garnier
(right) voids within the floor plate allow veiws to the vaulted ceiling from the ground level
images © roland halbe

bench seating weaves through interior
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(left) stairs to mezzanine
(right) view of mezzanine wrapping the existing walls
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corner table
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path leading towards preparation area
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existing pillar is protects with railing
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(left) organic columns support mezzanine
(right) curved high backed benches protect pillars on the ground level
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islands of red carpet continue the theatrical color scheme
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(left) glass curtain wall protects stone
(right) curved white shell wraps mezzanine
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ground level seating
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additional outdoor seating
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(left) view of interior near entrance
(right) view through glass entrance
images © roland halbe

(left) entrance
(right) bar
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intersection of existing and new stairs
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floor plan / level 0
image © odile decq



floor plan / level 1
image © odile decq



project info:


project: phantom – restaurant of the garnier opera
client: gumery
author: odile decq
odile decq benoit cornette architectes urbanistes
structure engineering: batiserf ingénierie
facade consultants: odile decq –odile decq benoit cornette architectes urbanistes / hda – hugh dutton associates
building services engineering: ms consulting
acoustics engineering: studio dap
fire security engineering: setec
kitchen consultants: c2a architectes
project responsables: peter baalman, giuseppe savarese, amélie marchiset
site: garnier opera, paris, france
program: implement of a restaurant in the garnier opera
surface: 1100 m2
budget: 6 m€ excl. vat
dates: 2008 – 2011
opening: july 2011
digital views: odile decq – labtop
realization pictures: roland halbe – odbc

  • Amazing.
    Great coexistence.

    Luciano says:
  • absolutely brilliant.
    Good to see Odile Deck’s work going in that direction.

    archic says:
  • I do not like it, it’d look better in a zaha haddid design…

    Joe says:
  • we can understand the will to leave the existing building physically “untouched” but at the expense of such heaviness, better do nothing.
    What a waste ! Even the red is not the right one !
    Reminds me of Charles Mingus saying:

    “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

    thevzitor says:
  • The spirit of the bldg reinvented..brilliant!

    Koval says:
  • The red is terribly heavy-handed – would have liked to have seen a little more finesses there with some variety, even if it was subtle. Does OD intend to patent this red like Yves Klein did his blue? She could collect royalties from Louboutin!

    As for the forms and the way they invade the existing space, I rather like it.

    dbkii says:
  • seriously it looks like they converted palais garnier to The Hotel On Rivington…che peccato

    geoff hahn says:
  • I visited this restaurant and it is an awesome space! The balance of history with modern architecture is a wonderful and unique experience. The view of the city from the second floor is breathtaking. Great project!

    Ashley M. says:
  • Out of the many examples of architects that destroy or knock down old buildings to become the next “starchitect”, this is a refreshing example of a project that does not ruin our city’s treasures. Bravo to this architect for successfully incorporating something new while maintaining an important piece of history.

    cpk says:
  • anybody to have an idea what is the white material used for the structure?

    alex says:
  • to pursue with my comment which has been truncated (moderator?) and written before the layouts were visible on this page:
    the layouts are outstanding, the glass curtain running behind the pillars is amazing. Nonetheless this punk white blob is heavy and apparently not so in harmony with the Palais Garnier. I wonder how long it will stay white. This is written from pictures viewing. As usual, architecture needs full immersive perception to be understood, i’ll come back for an update after a visit. Might be in a long time though…

    thevzitor says:
  • Cool, clever clash – space invasion reinvented.

    mark says:
  • creative, beautiful and innovative. impressive

    alireza says:

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