Designed by Jean Nouvel, the building of the Paris Philharmonic is covered with 80 000 pieces of grey granite from Ponte de Lima, Portugal. Although the initial plan was to use concrete, the architect decided to use granite instead, creating a unique effect, which can be considered a precursor for new trends.
Inaugurated in 2015, the building presents an innovative architectural solution: the combination of granite and aluminium, two materials that are rarely applied next to one another. This decision led the building to become resistant but more beautiful and avant-garde.
The Paris Philharmonic belongs to the Cité de la Musique (Music City), a well-known classical music complex.