Open to the public Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 8pm.
Closed on the 7th of July: Due to a concert, the rooftop viewpoint will not be accessible on this day.
The architect Jean Nouvel designed the Philharmonie as a hill that invites visitors to its top, a third Parisian ‘butte’ joining those of Chaumont and Montmartre, and a new summit from which visitors have a spectacular view of northeastern Paris blending seamlessly into the outskirts. This continuity in the urban fabric of the greater metropolitan area, which the view from the building’s heights so clearly illustrates, is emblematic of the ambitions behind the Philharmonie de Paris, conceived as a bridge between the capital and its neighbouring communities, a meeting place for all.
The roof can be reached via exterior lifts located in front of the main hall. Thirty-seven metres off the ground, at the ninth floor, visitors arrive onto a vast plateau from which they have a panoramic view of Aubervilliers, Pantin and Lilas, and prominent monuments and landmarks such as the Romainville telecom tower, Buttes-Chaumont park, Montparnasse Tower, Dôme des Invalides, the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur, La Défense and the Stade de France, et cetera. After taking in Greater Paris from this extraordinary vantage point, visitors can either return to the ground level by lift, or follow a mountain path that zigzags down the north face of the building to the sprawling lawn of Parc de la Villette.
Jean Nouvel designed his building as an extension of the park, a public place that is open to all. Whether on the way to a Philharmonie event or simply strolling through the neighbourhood, anyone can enjoy the view from the top of this mountain-like form. Symbolically, this sends a strong message: everyone is welcome. Children, adults and seniors, on one's own or with family and friends, the public make the spaces at the Philharmonie their own, just as they do the music and activities organised on site.
Le Belvédère - Philharmonie
With the Philharmonie, Jean Nouvel offers innovative architecture which blends into the Parc de la Villette, on the edge of Paris and in the heart of a speedily evolving metropolis.
Inaugurated in 1995, the Cité de la musique building was conceived by the architect Christian de Portzamparc. He wanted it in the form of a “dreamlike town”, a space inviting movement, open to Greater Paris, a meeting place.
Prepare your visit to the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris by following our access recommendations.