Paris-based firm LAN Architecture, directed by Benoît Jallon and Umberto Napolitano, have beat out such firms as Snøhetta, Duthilleul, and a team of Philippe Madec and Ruedi Baur Integral Laboratory Workshop to win a competition to design a refurbishment and extension of the Grand Palais in Paris.
The Grand Palais, located between the Seine and the Champs-Elysees, is an exhibition hall and museum complex built for the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900. Designed in the Beaux Arts style, it incorporates rich neoclassical decoration and formal planning—but with a twist. The Palais was one of the first buildings to use innovative iron and light-steel framed construction, along with large swaths of glass, and was on the cutting-edge with its use of reinforced concrete. This odd mix of Beaux Arts and early modern construction is akin to what is known as Art Nouveau.