The Viaduc des Arts - located in Avenue Daumesnil 1-129, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France - is a rehabilitation of the former “Viaduc de Bastille” carrying the railways of the Paris-Bastille - Vincennes train line. This rehabilitation project was designed in 1988 by the architect Patrick Berger under the direction of the SEMAEST (Société d’Economie Mixte d’Aménagement de l’EST de Paris). It is hosting a section of the Promenade Plantée, and many art galleries and shops.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Viaduc des Arts by using our Paris trip planner .
In 1853, the private company “Société de Chemin de Fer Paris Strasbourg” was granted to build a train line crossing Paris 12th arrondissement from Bastille to Verneuil l’Etang, going through Vincennes. This project implied considerable works such as digging tunnels or building infrastructure objects such as the “Viaduc de la Bastille” a 1,5 km long viaduct made of 64 vaults. The train line was opened in 1859, but ceased in 1969 after the creation of the RER A line into which a part of the line was integrated, while the Paris-Vincennes was completely abandoned.
In 1979, the APUR (Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme) was commissioned to rethink the disused viaduct that follows the Rue de Lyon and the Avenue Daumesnil, along with the choice of reconverting the station of Bastille into a new Opera house (Opera Bastille). Two options came up for the future of the viaduct : The first option was to demolish it in order to implement new buildings along the street. The second option was to reconvert the railroad into a promenade, and to make use of the space under the vaults as well as of the dilapidated plots neighbouring the viaduct.
But the presence of well maintained building directly behind the viaduct dismissed the first option. In fact, the rehabilitated viaduct could host many activities and constitute a much more welcoming façade for the Avenue Daumesnil.
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Les arcades de ce viaduc (ancienne voie ferrée), de Bastille à la rue de Rambouillet, abritent aujourd'hui des boutiques (artisanat), des ateliers d'artisans et des restaurants. Au-dessus du viaduc se... more »The arcades of this viaduct (former railway), from Bastille to Rue de Rambouillet, are now home to shops (crafts), craftsmen's workshops and restaurants. Above the viaduct is the planted promenade.
An old elevated railway has been converted into a gorgeous linear park with great art and retail space in the arches beneath. A very enjoyable walk - so beautiful and peaceful! more »
It was amazing and full of craftsmen.
Really super Nice. Unfortunately The gardens are above closed.
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