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City Ensemble "Les Halles"
Location: Paris, France
Area: 80000 m²
Features: City garden and office-residential complex, component of the largest infrastructure hub of Paris
Client: French government
Author: Manuel Nunez Yanowsky, Taller de Arquitectura
Date and phase: Project and construction 1974-1978

In 1974 a new-elected President of France, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, stopped construction of the two sky-scrapers in Paris, which aimed to host the International Trade Center. These buildings were expected to be built in the place of former Central Market of the French capital - famous “Les Halles”, destroying the scale and architectural harmony of this typical French district. The International Competition was held, to create the new concept for this historical place.

Manuel Nunez Yanowsky and Taller de Arquitectura proposed in their project to reconstruct the rectangle , which in past had been occupied by buildings of the Central Market, and to organize in this space a city-garden like Palais Royal in Paris. This project won the International Competition.