Ropac contemporary art gallery is located in a former 19th century boiler-making factory and coppersmith’s workshop of about 4700m² in Pantin. The choice of the venue was determined by its huge spaces to be able to accommodate monumental Artworks that any other Parisian Gallery would not be able to present due to its size.
The other buildings in the Gallery include a private showroom, offices, a storage place for artworks, and a performance-dedicated space for dance, conferences, screening sessions as well as other events organized on top of temporary exhibitions.
The Architects Buttazoni & Associates have renovated the Gallery while keeping the structural characteristics of a nineteenth century industrial building; red bricks, clerestory, exceptional brightness, and open spaces. The architects strove to recover and restore the original aspect of the building. Green spaces were designed to keep up with the additional landscape shift that occurred throughout the twentieth century. The main building was divided into four naves with zenithal light measuring seven to twelve meters in height.
The proximity of gallery Ropac to a whole pre-existing cultural hub: Centre National de la Danse, La Villette and the Paris Philharmonic venue, will help in the development of cultural activity in the area. Accessible by metro, the Gallery will cross the peripheral boarder and will be part of the future “Grand Paris” project.