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The Cité de la Mode et du Design

A platform for cultural expression, recreation, and events, The Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design is located at the very heart of Paris, between the Gare d’Austerlitz and the Gare de Lyon. As the only Parisian event space directly connected to the Seine, with its Batobus stop, the Cité is truly unique, a source of inspiration for future lifestyle(s).

Its Wanderlust, Nüba, Grand Rivage and Moon Roof clubs/restaurants set the trend in Parisian nightlife with their cutting-edge programming and theme nights, DAD, “Hot Dogs and Happiness”, offers a fresh, innovative concept, created by architect/designer Paul Coudamy, Art-Ludique, le Musée stands up for art in the world of entertainment, and IFM (Institut Français de la Mode) is a world-renowned school and professional education institution focused on excellence.

Professional and public events set the pace for life at the Cité: the 4 annual editions of the Tranoï fashion trade show, a botanical installation for the Greater Paris Design Festival D’Days, trade shows from the Le Monde Group, now! le off during Paris Design Week, fashion shows, showrooms, seminars, conventions, conferences, launches, parties…the Cité is the place where anything can happen!

A place filled with history

In 1907, the Port of Paris asked Georges Morin-Goustiaux to construct industrial warehouses on the banks of the Seine for storing merchandise being transferred from barges to the Gare d’Austerlitz.

This architect thus created one of the first structures in the capital made with reinforced concrete, and chose not to decorate these “General Storehouses” with an embellished façade, as was typical in the day, but instead decided to leave his concrete construction as-is. A first in France, and a groundbreaking architectural move that sparked both admiration and criticism.

In 2004, the City of Paris acquired the right to occupy this venue from the Autonomous Port of Paris, and entrusted its renovation to the Caisse des Dépôts, with a two-fold mission: create an architectural signature “that would define Paris in the 21st century”, and highlight a way of life that is creative, urban, and contemporary.

An eclectic, innovative Parisian hot spot

The Cité, a massive vessel overlooking the Seine, is living proof of the industrial and industrious heritage of Paris. “Bridgehead” for the new 13th arrondissement and Paris Left Bank Urban Development Zone, this building has become the symbol of creative Paris, a city in perpetual motion.

It’s located at the very heart of a culturally-oriented area with numerous venues (the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Jardin des Plantes, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Bercy Village, and AccorHotels Arena), and in the midst of a neighborhood undergoing significant growth (major corporate headquarters, new business and residential developments).

It is also the only venue that can offer a mix of cultural, professional, and public events, for entertainment, educational purposes, or leisure. The Cité’s varied communities, clubbers, students, families, athletes, professionals, art and design lovers, all cross paths and exchange ideas.

Signée Jakob+Macfarlane

Built over three levels that are 4.5 m in height, the building is designed to be a series of several pavilions, each made up of one structural grid measuring 10 meters and four grids measuring 7.5 meters each. During the renovation process, the architects could choose to preserve the structure, or destroy it.

The competition winners, Dominique Jakob (France) and Brendan MacFarlane (New Zealand) from the Jakob + MacFarlane firm, chose to produce a “non-standard architectural object” that preserved the original structure, but covered it with an energetic, intriguing, sinuous “Plug-Over” that emulates the flow of the river, its current, and its essential nature.
The architectural structure that sustains this new “skin” is the result of a systematic deformation of the pre-existing building’s structural framework. An arboreal method was used to create this. Using digital modeling of this framework distortion, the tubular structure, covered with a stenciled glass “sheath”, was transplanted onto the building. The roof is greened and planted, covered with wooden matting, and lighting design has been created by artist and light designer Yann Kersalé.

With the largest rooftop in Paris, the Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design was reborn in 2009. Just like in 1907, the building created controversy…it was described as a major project that “re-energizes historic Paris” or as “something that must be called architecture”.



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The team

Deputy president Président - Franck Geiger

Chief Financial Officer - Patrick Robo

Head of Sales and Events - Amandine Vandendries
Event affairs officer - Frédérique Delion Dohnu
Event affairs officer – Cédric Juste
Event affairs officer - Laura Wengrow
Sales assistant - Anne Moreau

Head of Communications and visitors - Véronique Thouvenin – 06 13 54 64 67 – veronique.thouvenin@citemodedesign.fr
Cultural programming manager - Sandra Biaggi
Communications manager - Inès Kokou

Technical and safety manager - Guillaume Blairon

General operator - Judith Peluso


From 10.00 to midnight, 7/7

Getting there

Address :

Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design
34, quai d'Austerlitz
75013 Paris

Transports :

By tube : Gare d’Austerlitz (5 minutes by feet), Quai de la Gare (5 minutes by feet), Gare de Lyon - exit n°7 Rue de Bercy (10 minutes by feet)
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By RER : C – Gare d'Austerlitz.
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By bus : 24, 57, 61, 63, 89, 91.
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By Vélib : Stop n° 13020 (15 RUE PAUL KLEE), Stop n° 13151 (GARE D'AUSTERLITZ), Stop n° 13019 (20 RUE FERNAND BRAUDEL), Stop n° 903 (QUAI MAURIAC ANG PONT DE BERCY).
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Autolib Car park : Car park in front of the Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design (29 quai d'Austerlitz 75013 Paris).
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Contact us

01 76 77 25 30

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