Studio Milou restores the historic Carreau du Temple in Paris
Reopening at the end of April
Scheduled to reopen in April, the redesigned Carreau du Temple will function as a sports and cultural facility. Paris-based architectural firm Studio Milou, which specialises in the restoration of historic structures, has updated the building with modern acoustic and insulation standards.
The project was a professional challenge for the lead architect Jean-François Milou, who says 'a technical demonstration that Baltard's Halles could have been perfectly maintained.' The interior features mobile partitions and retractable stands which will allow it to function for a variety of events, from trade shows to performances.
The Carreau du Temple will also be the centre of Paris's new fashion district, set to become a lively area during fashion weeks. The iconic building already has a deep connection with fashion, from the time when the Order of Malta's privileges provided merchants with a platform to sell jewellery and Indian print cotton not allowed anywhere else in the country, to more recent catwalk presentations from the likes of Galliano and Dior Homme.