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Viaduc des Arts, Paris

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The Viaduc des Arts - located in Avenue Daumesnil 1-129, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France - is a rehabilitation of the former “Viaduc de Bastille” carrying the railways of the Paris-Bastille - Vincennes train line. This rehabilitation project was designed in 1988 by the architect Patrick Berger under the direction of the SEMAEST (Société d’Economie Mixte d’Aménagement de l’EST de Paris). It is hosting a section of the Promenade Plantée, and many art galleries and shops.HistoryIn 1853, the private company “Société de Chemin de Fer Paris Strasbourg” was granted to build a train line crossing Paris 12th arrondissement from Bastille to Verneuil l’Etang, going through Vincennes. This project implied considerable works such as digging tunnels or building infrastructure objects such as the “Viaduc de la Bastille” a 1,5 km long viaduct made of 64 vaults. The train line was opened in 1859, but ceased in 1969 after the creation of the RER A line into which a part of the line was integrated, while the Paris-Vincennes was completely abandoned.In 1979, the APUR (Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme) was commissioned to rethink the disused viaduct that follows the Rue de Lyon and the Avenue Daumesnil, along with the choice of reconverting the station of Bastille into a new Opera house (Opera Bastille). Two options came up for the future of the viaduct : The first option was to demolish it in order to implement new buildings along the street. The second option was to reconvert the railroad into a promenade, and to make use of the space under the vaults as well as of the dilapidated plots neighbouring the viaduct. But the presence of well maintained building directly behind the viaduct dismissed the first option. In fact, the rehabilitated viaduct could host many activities and constitute a much more welcoming façade for the Avenue Daumesnil.
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  • The Viaduc des Arts is a short distance from the Place de la Bastille and the Gare de Lyon.Si is an old railway viaduct retrained and now serves as its porches to exhibition spaces of art, various craft activities and shops. Above the viaduct is a green space with lovely gardens, fountains and benches for pleasant walks and to admire the city from an unusual point of view. Worth a stop.
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  • The Viaduc des Arts and the Promenade Plantée are a bunch of artisanal shops under the arches of an old viaduct, and a long planted path (sort of like NYC's High Line, which post-dates this). It's wor...  read more »
  • We walked the old viaduct turned park and were surprised to find deep rooted trees and really nicely configured garden. It is above the traffic and had some romantic views of the streets. Joggers love...  read more »
  • Emblematic place of business passion, the Viaduc des Arts offers to discover 50 d artisans practising their talent in bodies of business varied of fashion and decoration: a set of grouped in a single construction crafts workshops!
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