BOURSE DE COMMERCE: Pinault Collection
The space inside the museum was spacious and enjoyable; it felt open and not too crowded. The only bottleneck was during the security check at the entrance. It is easy to navigate, either via stairs or large elevators. You can easily spend around two hours in this amazing museum to enjoy its great collection of contemporary art.
The Rebirth of Bourse de Commerce – From Stock Exchange to Museum
The Bourse de Commerce is the result of four centuries of architectural and technical progress. Erected in the 16th century around the first free-standing column in Paris, the circular building became a wheat and corn silo in the 18th century. It received the first-ever cast-iron dome of its size in the early 19th century and was serving as a stock market, Bourse de Commerce, by the end of the 19th century.
During the reformation of Bourse de Commerce, the architect, Tadao Ando ,inserted an astonishing 9m-high concrete cylinder into the building’s core which rises under the dome to let in the natural light from above. The intention of the architect was to create a dialogue between the historic stone building and a modern raw concrete structure.
The circularity of the building, together with its dome in the middle and the controlled presence of light, create a unique venue in which the visitor can experience art. The space itself delivers the biggest “wow” factor. The building also includes 10 exhibition galleries, plus reception areas and a 284-seat auditorium on the lower level.
François Pinault is a French billionaire businessman who has been devoted to his passion for contemporary art for over 50 years: from the 1960s to the present day. He is one of the world’s most prominent private art collectors, with more than 10,000 works to date.
“With this new museum, in the heart of Paris, I intend to share my passion for contemporary art.” – François Pinault
Self-taught, Tadao Ando (1941) is recognized as one of the leading Japanese contemporary architects. He is best known for his minimalist concrete buildings. In addition, he works as a professor at the University of Tokyo and also teaches at Yale, Harvard, and Columbia University.
Ando was awarded several prestigious prizes including four of the most important international prizes of his field: the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Praemium Imperiale, the Carlsberg Architecture Prize, and the Kyoto Prize.
“Architecture acts as a hyphen between the past, present and future.” Tadao Ando
The Restaurant-café Halle Aux Grains
Halle Aux Grains restaurant is on the third floor of Bourse de Commerce. It is a space where you can find the culinary art of the museum. The restaurant is run by beloved restaurateurs Michel and Sébastien Bras. Plants from all over the world are incorporated in their cuisine. Among all the other items, ancient grains get a spotlight on the menu, in reference to the building’s past. It is a gastronomic expression of health and simplicity.
This is a full-service, tasting menu restaurant, not fit for a quick-and-casual nibble.
Book Your Tickets In Advace
Book your date and arrival time slot here.
· Full price: €14. Reduced price: €10
Open Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Late opening Fridays until 9 p.m, except from the 13th of January to the 8th of February.
Late opening and free access on the first Saturday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
As of 2023: these prices & hours may change.
Address: 2 rue de Viarmes, 75001 Paris
Phone: +33 (0)1 55 04 60 60
Where to Stay
Choose a sustainable hotel that is designed to respect the environment, and which takes extra measures to implement their facilities with efficient lighting systems, and low-pressure water installations; it also generates its own energy. In addition to the environment, eco-friendly hotels try to help the local community through their service.
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Luckily, there are quite a few eco-friendly hotels in Paris to choose from. They make for an amazing low-impact stay in the City of Light. Below are a few sustainable properties for you to consider:
InterContinental Paris Le Grand: an IHG Hotel
The InterContinental Paris le Grand is located in the heart of Paris, which is near to some of the most-visited sites, including the Palais Garnier (Opera), Louvre, and Bourse de Commerce. This luxury five-star hotel participates in Green Globe; the property integrates eco-friendly materials and practices into its design, décor and construction.
Hotel The Peninsula Paris
Hotel The Peninsula Paris is a five-star luxury hotel. EarthCheck-certified, it is committed to engage with business partners who share the same values and ensure key products that meet the standard of quality and responsible sourcing specification that is beneficial to the environment, such as cage-free eggs, and 99.9% petroleum plastic-free bathroom amenities which feature 45% recycled aluminum packaging.
The Trianon Rive Gauche Paris
The Trianon Rive Gauche Paris, a four-star hotel holding the European Ecolabel certification, offers 110 air-conditioned rooms, and is perfectly equipped for a sustainable business stay in the center of Paris Saint Germain Des Pres.
The Hidden Hotel is located in central Paris, 458m from the Arc de Triomphe and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. It offers modern décor with a blend of natural materials. This property participates in Green Globe certification. The hotel takes action to manage water, avoid unnecessary packaging, low energy consumption and eco-labeled material.
Hôtel De La Porte Dorée
Hotel De La Porte Doree Paris is a three-star property in the 12th arr. District of Paris. It is 210 meters from Bois de Vincennes and a 20-minute walk from AccorHotels Arena. The eco-friendly hotel has won the Green Key, an “Eco-label” award, and is committed to reduced waste and making the business environmentally friendly, including offering energy-friendly air-conditioning that saves up to 75% on electricity, also implementing a water conservation program within the hotel operating practice.
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