Viaduct 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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  • September 27, 2017
    The area under the old railroad tracks has been transformed into a series of shops selling specialized goods. High end. Up above is one of Paris' most beautiful and unique parks, the Promenade Plantee...  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    For a while, can you escape the city bustle here wonderful, walk one floor above the street level between roses and shrubs. Popular with joggers and walkers, but it really has a nice recovery.
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  • August 12, 2017
    We were so looking forward to this attraction but there was absolutely nothing to see. The viaduct itself may be a nice walk above the city but the courtyard below that allegedly contained arts and cr...  more »
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  • March 6, 2017
    Great string of unique ateliers and cafes along a handsome boulevard and neighborhood. Overhead, a railroad right of way has been converted to a scenic green/garden walk.
  • February 6, 2017
    Cool for some coffee.
  • May 11, 2017
    These old red brick arches supporting a railway track have been completely upgraded to a prestigious showcase of the french 🙌 expertise. The viaduct again a little animation in this sleepy neighborhood stirring exhibitions, crafts, fashion and decoration. With a bit of luck we got demonstrations where artisans working under the eyes of walkers through the large windows.
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  • December 2, 2016
    Course of unspeakable beauty! This viaduct allows to have a very nice view of Paris: we pass between buildings, we open a road in the privacy of these buildings, it makes us look a mouse who sneaks into a House. The greenery of the viaduct makes the ride more beautiful!
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  • February 11, 2017
    It is a prestigious showcase of french know-how, with its many artisans of crafts, an exceptional place which blend the latest trends. You can also enjoy a coffee, loaded arches of history, have lunch or dinner.
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