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Docks along the Seine – City of Fashion and Design

This huge complex by the Seine riverside is an international laboratory for creativity, a centre for raising public awareness and also an events venue.

 

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Docks along the Seine – City of Fashion and Design

Docks along the Seine – City of Fashion and Design

This huge complex by the Seine riverside is an international laboratory for creativity, a centre for raising public awareness and also an events venue.

 


It was time that Paris had a vast complex uniting the various forms of design: fashion; beauty; digital, graphic, interactive, hi-tech design; sustainable development; audio, olfactory and culinary design. This project came to fruition with the project Docks along the Seine – City of Fashion and Design (Docks en Seine) on the Left Bank. Fruit of the renovation of the industrial buildings of the former Magasins Généraux, between the Gare d’Austerlitz and the Bibliothèque François Mitterand, used at the beginning of the 20th century for transferring merchandise from the barges to the trains.

The two architects in charge of this project, Dominique Jakob and Brendan Macfarlane, one French, the other from New Zealand, have added a light wooden structure, a terraced lawn on which to promenade and glass and metal structures providing shelter for concept-stores, an area for fashion and design events, three restaurants and the French Fashion Institute (l’Institut français de la mode), open since 2008.

Docks along the Seine is also the first international gathering of the applied arts and digital design and exhibits the best projects by talents from around the world, organises “speed meetings” between innovators and companies and enables the public to learn about all forms of design.


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