The building

The Conservatoire's move to the La Villette site was a natural step in the project to create a "Cité de la musique", a unique multi-cultural venue for experimentation. Decided by President François Mitterrand in 1983, the project was entrusted to Christian de Portzamparc, winner of the 1985 architectural competition, whose architectural challenge was to create a space of light and encounter.