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La Seine Musicale

Coordinates: 48°49′25.61″N 2°13′59.67″E / 48.8237806°N 2.2332417°E / 48.8237806; 2.2332417
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La Seine Musicale
General information
TypeCulture and leisure
Architectural styleHigh-tech
LocationÎle Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Coordinates48°49′25.61″N 2°13′59.67″E / 48.8237806°N 2.2332417°E / 48.8237806; 2.2332417
OpenedApril 22, 2017 (2017-04-22)
Technical details
Structural systemSteel superstructure with reinforced concrete floors
Design and construction
Architect(s)Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines [fr]
Other information
Seating capacity1,150 (Patrick-Devedjian Auditorium)
4,000–6,000 (Grande Seine)

La Seine Musicale is a music and performing arts center located on Île Seguin an island on the Seine river between Boulogne-Billancourt and Sèvres, in the western suburbs of Paris, France.



La Seine Musicale was inaugurated on 22 April 2017 with a concert by Insula orchestra [fr], accompanied by the Accentus choir, conducted by Laurence Equilbey at the Patrick Devedjian Auditorium.[1] During inauguration week a day earlier, American folk rock singer Bob Dylan was the first recording artist to hold a concert at the venue, for which he chose to perform at the 6,000-seat Grand Seine.[2] On 8 December 2018, the venue hosted the final draw of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[3]

On 19 December 2021 the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 was hosted on the Grande Seine, the biggest venue in the complex. It was the first time that France has hosted the contest, as well as the first Eurovision event to be hosted in the country since Eurovision Young Dancers 1999 in Lyon.[4]

Construction and facilities

The auditorium and its solar sail

In July 2009, the lead coordinating architect for the project was named as Jean Nouvel;[5] although individual buildings have subsequently been commissioned from a range of international architectural practices. The initial complex of buildings on the island opened in April 2017 and were designed by the architectural team of Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines [fr].

The facilities include an elevated egg-shaped theater-in-the-round mostly for classical music, a larger concert hall that hosts pop stars, rehearsal rooms for musicians (Riffx Studios), seminar rooms, a press center, restaurants and an extensive roof garden. Much of the site's daytime energy needs are supplied by a large mobile curved solar panel array that covers the smaller auditorium. From the fourth floor, there is an all-round view of the surroundings.

Seating capacity for the unamplified Patrick-Devedjian Auditorium is 1,150. The larger modular concert hall, Grande Seine, at a lower elevation on the island site, is able to accommodate audiences of up to 6,000.[6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ "La musique s'arrime sur l'île Seguin". April 21, 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2021 – via Le Monde.
  2. ^ "Bob Dylan, The Avener et The Shoes: la Seine musicale ouvre en grande pompe". LEFIGARO. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Le Calendrier du Mondial 2019 Dévoilé". FFF. 8 February 2018.
  4. ^ "#Imagine: Junior Eurovision set for Paris". eurovision.tv. 2021-05-20. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  5. ^ Davies, Lizzie (2009-07-08). "Life after Renault: Ile Seguin to become Paris culture hub". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-24.; Palk, Susannah (2010-10-14). "Jean Nouvel to build arts complex on derelict island in Seine". CNN. Retrieved 2010-10-14.
  6. ^ Guillaume Guérin (Photographer). Shigeru BAN & Jean de Gastines - La Seine Musicale. Archilovers, April 21, 2017
  7. ^ Thorpe, Harriet; Photography: Blossier, Laurent (12 May 2017). "Powered by solar panels, La Seine Musicale is a new icon for Paris". Wallpaper*. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  8. ^ Lynn Chaya, Laurent Blossier (Photographer). 'la seine musicale' by shigeru ban and jean de gastines opens in western paris. designboom, May 15, 2017
  9. ^ Patrick Devedjian. La Seine Musicale / Shigeru Ban Architects. ArchDaily, 28 June 2017

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