Palais de la musique et des congrès

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Palais de la musique et des congrès
Palais de la musique et des congrès is located in Strasbourg
Palais de la musique et des congrès
Location in Strasbourg
Alternative namesPMC
General information
TypeMusic venue, Convention center
Architectural stylecontemporary
LocationStrasbourg, France
Coordinates48°35′52″N 7°45′26″E / 48.59778°N 7.75722°E / 48.59778; 7.75722Coordinates: 48°35′52″N 7°45′26″E / 48.59778°N 7.75722°E / 48.59778; 7.75722
Construction started1973
Completed1975; 1989; 2015
Inaugurated16 October 1975
Design and construction
ArchitectPaul Ziegler, François Sauer, André Dahan
Architecture firmgroupement Rey-Lucquet + associés/Dietrich-Untertrifaller/OTE Ingénierie/Solares Bauern/C2BI/Müller BBM/Walter Kottke; Pertuy Construction

The Palais de la musique et des congrès (official English name: Strasbourg Convention Centre) is a music venue and convention center in the Wacken district of Strasbourg, France, close to the European quarter. It is home to the orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg since 1975.


In 1962, the historic venue of the philharmonic orchestra, the Palais des Fêtes, was starting to get old. The city also did not have a proper convention center. The mayor, Pierre Pflimlin turned to famed architect, Le Corbusier for a project. Le Corbusier started working on the commission and made drafts and a wooden model but died before he could provide definitive plans.[1] This was the second time Le Corbusier had unsuccessfully tried to build in Strasbourg, after a failed housing project in 1951.[2]

The Palais de la musique et des congrès in its first form was built 1973–1975 in a completely different style and shape than what Le Corbusier had envisioned. The hexagonal and comparatively low building was centered around the city's main auditorium, the 1,870 m2 (20,100 sq ft) Salle Érasme (1,876 seats after modernization). In 1989, a first new wing was added, including a second auditorium, the 1,265 m2 (13,620 sq ft) Salle Schweitzer (1,182 seats after modernization). A third auditorium opened in 2016, the Salle Cassin, with 571 m2 (6,150 sq ft) and 515 seats.[3]

Between 2012 and 2016, and especially 2013–2015, the Palais was thoroughly renovated and modernized. A 8,000 m2 (86,000 sq ft) second new wing was added and the existing spaces were redistributed in order to accommodate more visitors and guests. The surface area of the building now stands at 45,000 m2 (480,000 sq ft).[4]

The Palais de la musique et des congrès is home to over 300 different events each year (concerts included).[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Le Corbusier's PMC project". Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Cité Rotterdam - Concours et projets". Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Auditoriums". Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Palais de la musique et des congrès (PMC)". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  5. ^ "You are... a visitor". Retrieved 10 November 2015.

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