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Brief Published: 10 Apr 2012

New Fashion & Design Hub, Paris


After languishing in a state of limbo since its completion in 2008, the rehabilitated dockside of Paris will finally open on April 12 as Les Docks: Cité de la Mode et du Design. Designed by local architectural practice Jakob + MacFarlane, the four-storey, 14,400-square-metre (155,000-square-feet) complex is most notable for its multi-faceted glass façade, which snakes over the top floors of the building.

Since renovation works finished, the only tenant of Les Docks has been the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) fashion school. However, the Paris city authorities have now announced that the undulating green-glass building in the 13th arrondissement will become a hub of style and nightlife.

Les Docks is set to host a new branch of the Musée Galliera (devoted to the history of fashion), which will launch with exhibitions on Japanese fashion house Commes des Garçons and French fashion house Balenciaga. Fashion retailers such as local boutique l’Eclaireur are also reported to have taken units at the site, although further details have yet to be released.

The ground floor will feature an annex of The Social Club (whose owners are also behind the David Lynch-designed nightspot Silencio) – a restaurant-cum-nightclub with a distinctly cinematic sensibility. Meanwhile, the top floor will host another restaurant, Moonroof, with views across the Seine. Its large terrace will be the scene of a new “night concept” created by the owners of Le Baron nightclub (the graffiti artist André and his business partner Lionel Bensemoun). Watch this space for more details.

Les Docks