Mar 23, 2010

Opéra de la Bastille was built at the site of the former Gare de Vincennes (11 th arrondissement), inspiring substantial redevelopment on the surrounding streets. What was formerly a humdrum working-class neighborhood rapidly gained chic art galleries, shops, theaters, funky jazz clubs, restaurants and bars and it is now one of the trendiest sections of Paris. Designed by the Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, who was chosen in November 1983 after an international competition that attracted entries from some 1,700 architects. The theatre was inaugurated on July 13th 1989. Its architecture is marked by transparent façades and by the use of identical materials for both the interiors and the exteriors. With its 2,700 acoustically consistent seats, its unique stage facilities, its integrated scenery, costume and accessory workshops, as well as its numerous work areas and rehearsal rooms. It is a great modern theatre.

At the southern edge of the Place is a square, currently a popular hangout for skate-boarders practicing their tricks on portable ramps. Underneath this square is the Bastille station of the Paris Métro . The square also overlooks the Porte de Plaisance de Paris-Arsenal, a marina with over 200 slips for various riverboats and pleasure craft, situated on the first stretch of the Canal Saint-Martin, starts from the River Seine and proceeds underground for several kilometers.

Station on Paris metro : Bastille