Friday, March 21, 2014

Palais Garnier - L'Opéra Restaurant


Palais Garnier
L'Opéra Restaurant


Can you imagine getting approval to build a restaurant as part of the storied Palais Garnier, only to discover that you could touch no walls, attach nothing to the 19th century structure?


Impossible?  


Yet, here it is, and the artistry is magnificent as the curved transparent walls appear to float, moving in waves around Garnier's architecture on the northeast side.  It was conceived by the architect Odile Decq in the heart of the Palais Garnier. A mezzanine made of amazing shapes surrounds the original architecture of the Palais Garnier without ever touching it.  Opened in 2011, it is worthy of a special evening with Paris friends.  Oh, I would not wear red as you might disappear into the elegant seating.




L'Opéra Restaurant
Palais Garnier
1, place Jacques Rouchés
75009, Paris
 

13 comments:

Jeanie said...

I don't remember seeing this when we were there in 2012. I don't know how I missed it -- I suspect we would have loved it!

William Kendall said...

I can see that being more than a challenge. It is a beautiful space.

Starman said...

This was not yet there during our last visit. If I'm ever able to go again, perhaps we'll include a dinnere there one night.

Malyss said...

Sometimes old and new architectures match very well, and magnify each other , like here. Very impressive!

Joe said...

Now that is certainly a very unusual fitout Genie. It must be like sitting in an enormous blossom. It's on the list. Bon Vivant J.

M said...

Surreal ... It does look like a floating glass bubble ... Must, must, must experience it! A la prochaine?

Jane Jazz said...

An ingenious marriage of two eras, with glassy reflections like the delicate skin of a bubble.
This is so eerily like the inspirations I had for my novel... I have to book a short break and visit it very soon!

Alexa said...

What a brilliant idea! Yes, let's go --

Randy said...

I guess you would have to be pretty creative.

Chris said...

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Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Creative French design. They are masters of juxtaposing the old with the new.

Have a lovely weekend Genie

Alain said...

Au menu : oeuf de cygne mayonnaise ?

Louise said...

I've been to Palais Garnier several times, twice even last year, and I haven't managed to find this restaurant! Although they were doing renovations last year, perhaps it was obscured? I'll say that it was.