Renaissance of Noisy’s iconic edifices near Paris

The circular Les Arènes de Picasso, which are nicknamed ‘Les Camemberts’, were inaugurated in 1985

The Connexion visits the Paris suburb where extraordinarily original architecture is alive once more

Noisy-le-Grand, on the outskirts of Paris, has such extraordinary architecture that some scenes from The Hunger Games were filmed there and Terry Gilliam used it as a location for Brazil.

One of the original “Villes Nouvelles” designated in the 1960s for development to accommodate the foreseen population explosion, the outsized Neo-Classical buildings have not always been in favour.

The maire, Brigitte Marsigny, says that when she arrived four years ago, parts of the commune were in need of drastic renovation. “La Palacio, designed in 1978 by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, and inaugurated in 1983, was in urgent need of works. At ...

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