"Place Picasso" Public And Residential
Location: Grand Paris, France
Area: 56000 m²
Features: Precast colored reinforced concrete, first large-scale social-housing project completely prefabricated architectonically
Client: "3-F"
Author: Manuel Nunez Yanowsky
Date and phase: Project and construction 1980-1984

Contemporary concrete residential buildings of Les Arenes de Picasso in Noisy-le-Grand (Grand Paris) by Spanish-French architect Manuel Nunez Yanowsky (construction completed in 1984) are truly considered to be the most famous landmark of the Seine-Saint-Denis department of region Île-de-France. This architectural wonder is a real challenge to the construction and engineering technologies as well as to the imagination of the architecture lovers. Exiting surrealistic buildings in the form of the huge discs 50 m in diameter, held by the pedestals with arcades, envisage the allegory of sunrise and sunset and are set on the opposite sides of the octagonal square. The Pablo Picasso Place is one of the first important projects to be completely prefabricated architectonically thus proving the possibility of prefabrication of the complicated architectural shapes in concrete.

This astonishing architectural masterpiece houses 540 social housing units, boutiques and a secondary school. The octagonal square contains the playgrounds, landscaping design with the use of prefabricated elements, and the monumental sculpture by Miguel Berrocal in the center.

This building already has become the part of the European architectural heritage and is in the list of the international heritage of civil engineering.

Multiple reviews of les Arenes de Picasso in Noisy-le-Grand are published in magazines and touristic and architectural guides: The Architecture of Paris (by Andrew Ayers, 2004), Le logement social en Seine-Saint-Denis (1850-1999) (by Monnier Gérard & Benoît Pouvreau) and others:

Architecture Interieure Cree (1983)
Bauwelt (1983)
Monuments Historiques (1985)
ART Das Kunstmagazin (1985)
Revue de l'habitat social, editee par l'Union nationale des HLM (1985)
Architect's Journal (1985)
GEO (1985)
A+U (1986)
A+U (1986)
Stern (1986)
Vogue (1987)
National geographic (1989)
Cemento (1990)
Connaissance des Art (1990)
Harpers Bazaar (1990)
Le Monde Illustre (1990)
House and Garden /New York (1990)
Office Age (1991)
Southeast Asia building (1997)