Parc de Villette

Parc de Villete is located on the outer edge of the 19th. I would have never thought to venture to this area of Paris, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  Bernard Tschumi,  designed the space with a  post-modernist mindset.  The sphere below, which houses a 3D Imax Theater, is surrounded by 35 red ‘follies’ that are architectural representations of deconstruction. I love the way the light plays off of the surface and the surrounding environment is reflected.

The park, which was once the site of Parisian abattoirs (slaughterhouses) and the national wholesale meat market, was adapted as part of an urban redevelopment project.

The main building in particular has undergone an interesting transition, and is now used as convention center/exhibition space, whereas in the past it was where live animals were kept and slaughtered before being brought to the meat market, or ‘belly of Paris,’ in the city center.

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