Around the Pavillon Noir

From the latest realizations of the biggest names in contemporary international architecture, all the way back to Fernand Pouillon's early efforts, this tour presents almost a century of architectural forms in the span of a few metres. This stroll will lead you through the Sextius Zone d’Aménagement Concerté (joint development area), one of Europe's most important urban projects of the last 20 years, then down to the end of the Cours Mirabeau.

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Grand théâtre de Provence

Grand Théâtre de Provence

At the epicenter of the cultural district, a pre-Columbian temple in Provence

A monumental staircase extends from the Sextius Mirabeau 2 public space, enticing the visitor to a leisurely, sun-bathed ascension that recalls the terraces and stairways leading up to pro-Columbian temples. But instead of a sacrificial altar, we find the object of our contemporary desires: a restaurant with a panoramic view onto Mount Sainte-Victoire! Clad in large swathes of stone, the Grand Théâtre de Provence wears its grandiosity with pride. At ground level, a breach beckons the visitor into a courtyard patio for an essential break. This pause represents the moment where the city and its bustle get left behind and the visitor becomes a spectator. One can serenely penetrate this modern temple to opera, classical music and dance - the "large format" artforms. In spite of its great capacity (some 1400 seats), the hall remains intimate and warm, in the style of classic Italian theatres, where the audience is placed ever closer to the stage.
Architect :
Vittorio Gregotti
Year : 2007
Type : spectacle
Address :
380 Avenue Max Juvénal, Aix-en-Provence
Géolocalisation google 43.297292,5.361493