Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (1913)

The famous theatre designed by Henry Van de Velde and Auguste Perret, is the first Art Deco building in Paris, entirely built of reinforced concrete, the newest architectural technology of the time.


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The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, one of the most elegant performance venues in Paris, was a radical departure from the Art Nouveau style.

It is also the first Parisian theatre to be entirely built of reinforced concrete. The building’s concrete construction was not merely a stylistic choice. Subsoil conditions and the site’s proximity to the Seine made concrete necessary.


Creators : architects Henry Van de Velde and Auguste Perret, painters Antoine Bourdelle  and Maurice Denis, the cristal maker René Lalique;

Location:  Paris, France                                  Construction period: 1910 to 1913

Building: theater or concert hall               Style: Art Deco


Théâtre des Champs Elysées entrance.

Named after the neighborhood in which it is situated, the theatre features rectangular forms, straight lines and decoration attached to the outside, on plaques of marble and stucco.

Perret dressed the facade with travertine slabs and proscenium Allier marble slabs, where are built exceptional white marble reliefs of Emile-Antoine Bourdelle.

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The building has three theaters : a large semicircle hall in the Italian taste with  1905 seats dedicated to opera and music ; a medium hall with 601 seats (la Comédie) and a small hall with 230 seats (le Studio), both devoted to the theater. The four interior column groups were also left visible.

The interior of the theater includes some works by Bourdelle (bronze and frescoes). Maurice Denis realized the decoration of the dome (1910-1912). Painters Édouard Vuillard, Ker-Xavier Roussel3 and Jacqueline Marval (1866-1932) also contributed to the decor.

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées interiors

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