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Siège du PCF, Espace Oscar Niemeyer
The historic French Communist Party (PCF) headquarters is the work of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who began work on the project in 1965. The building was completed in 1971. The dome and the laying out of the forecourt and of the underground hall was finalized in 1979-1980. Niemeyer was aided during the construction process by architects Jean Deroche, Paul Chemetov, Jean-Maur Lyonnet and Jean Prouvé. The two long sides of the building, the curves of which are reminiscent of a flag flying in the wind, are completely covered by curtain walls. These glazed facades allow the interior, which combines raw concrete with timber shuttering, to benefit from natural lighting, and the undulating floor rises and falls in keeping with the curves of the walls. The half-buried dome houses the large conference hall, designated for meetings of the Central committee. It is covered with thousands of aluminum panels which conceal the lights. The rows on the terrace, which offers a panoramic viewpoint, cover the air-conditioning equipment. Photos of former protest movements are on display in the lobby of this sober and refined “House of the worker”. This atypical building was added to the list of historic monuments in 2007, and renamed Espace Niemeyer in 2008 when the PCF was obliged to let out some floors for financial reasons.
2, place du Colonel Fabien, Paris, 19th arrondissement.
Metro : Colonel Fabien (line 2).
Tel : +33 (0)1 40401212.            Website : www.pcf.fr
Siège du Parti Communiste Français, Espace Oscar Niemeyer
Siège du Parti Communiste Français, Espace Oscar Niemeyer
Siège du Parti Communiste Français, Espace Oscar Niemeyer