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IMAGINE PLEYEL - International call for projects

© Les Lumières Pleyel / Sogelym Dixence - Snøhetta - Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Chaix & Morel et Associés - Ateliers 2/3/4/ - Mars architectes - Maud Caubet Architectes - Moreau Kusunoki

Saint-Denis Pleyel station, an emblematic part of the Grand Paris Express, is intended as a demonstrator for a city that has been entirely rethought, to become user-centric and feature a mix of activities.

As the new focal point of a rapidly changing neighborhood, where quality of life and local development go hand-inhand with creativity, art and culture, the station is designed as a catalyst for connections. IMAGINE PLEYEL is a call for projects for the design, development, and operation of 5,000 sq.m dedicated to cultural and social innovation located on the station’s four floors.

IMAGINE PLEYEL is inviting investors, cultural sector players, and innovation and retail companies to create an innovative facility worthy of its location.

© Société du Grand Paris / Agence Kengo Kuma & Associates

Imagine Pleyel : a new space for relaxation and culture

The Société du Grand Paris is looking for an operator for the 5,000 sq.m above the future Saint-Denis Pleyel station. The operator will carry out Grand Paris Express’ ambition of promoting and expanding access to culture for everyone across the metropolitan region, and fostering opportunities for the public to encounter creativity. This cultural and social innovation space will combine cultural distribution, production, and practice facilities with retail offers, and even educational opportunities. Candidates must propose an innovative and attractive concept and theme that will generate activity and attract local, regional and international interest, with cultural, social and creative aspects.

Propose a team and a concept

The spaces, content, offers and programs must be designed to be flexible and built around public

spaces and permanent program spaces, including the option for events across the entire site,

commercialization of certain spaces, and a selection of restaurants. Themes identified to date include: the connection between art, images, and technology; sports, health, and well-being; the legacy of the 2024 Olympic Games; the connection between the city, technology, and urban development; urban cultures, music, and new forms of the performing arts. This list is not exhaustive and candidates are free to propose other concepts.

© Société du Grand Paris / Agence Kengo Kuma & Associates

Key figures

  • 250,000 users per day

  • 5,000 sq.m above the station to create a new kind of facility

  • Intersection of 4 new metro lines

Travel time - Saint-Denis Pleyel STATION

  • La Défense station in 13 min

  • Saint-Lazare station in 11 min

  • Chatelet les Halles station in 13 min

  • Aéroport Charles de Gaulle station in 21 min


  • December 2019 : Call for projects opened

  • 15 May 2020 : entry submission deadline

  • Summer 2020 : announcement of the teams selected

  • Fall 2020 : submission of offers, round 1

  • Winter 2020 : dialog and negotiation workshops

  • Early 2021 : announcement of the winner


To respond to the call for projects, download the application from our dedicated page:

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