The Viaduc des Arts
The major place of art & crafts
The major place of art & crafts
The Viaduc des Arts is the old Bastille viaduct, built in the mid-19th century, to carry the Paris/Bastille-Varenne railway line. Opened in 1859, this line was closed down a century later and replaced by the RER A. In the early 1980s, Paris City Council decided to restore this place and dedicate the vaults to arts and crafts. The Viaduct was restored from 1990 to 2000 by Semaest, with the cooperation of architect Patrick Berger.
In 2004, the City of Paris transferred ownership of the Viaduc des Arts to the Semaest for a period of 18 years. The Semaest is therefore responsible for maintaining the site, renting the vaults to craftsmen and promoting it alongside the Viaduct craftsmen's association.
As a shop window for arts and crafts and contemporary creation in Paris, the Viaduc des Arts today houses 52 craftsmen and women who materialise their talents in different vocations of fashion, decoration, culture, jewellery crafts and many more.
Each arch is a place for expressing excellence in know-how, but also a workshop for production, presentation and sale. These artisans, men and women of passion, work at the same time on conserving and restoring our heritage and also on tomorrow’s innovation, conception and creation.
Arch by arch you will find a succession of workshops, showrooms, restaurants and cafeterias, galleries and shops. The Viaduc des Arts offers you a long stroll teeming with discoveries, fantasies, personalities...
The Viaduc des Arts is:
• 1.5 km along the Avenue Daumesnil in the 12th Arrondissement.
• 62 permanent arches housing 55 arts and crafts experts.
• A business incubator housing 5 young creators
• A temporary vault /pop-up store rented by fortnights.
• One “bridging” vault rented for 24 months to a young creator.
Official website of the Paris City Hall. Guide to visiting, studying, working and investing. You will find on the town council's website all the news to come, ideas for outings, exhibitions of the moment and practical information about the city.www.paris.fr Mairie de Paris 12
Official website of the town hall of the 12th arrondissement of Paris. You can find on the town hall's website all the information concerning the news of the borough.www.mairie12.paris.fr Semaest
The Semaest, a semi-public company of the City of Paris, takes action on a daily basis to promote a new, local economy. Its aim: to preserve trade and handicrafts, to encourage the setting up of innovative, ethical and sustainable activities, and to improve the quality of life in neighbourhoods.www.semaest.fr Les Ateliers de Paris
As an economic support structure, the Ateliers de Paris are both an incubator of companies, a centre for advice and economic support, and an exhibition gallery.www.ateliersdeparis.com INMA
INMA is the unique inter-ministerial reference structure that brings together all the players in the sector, both professional and institutional, to serve the general interest of the arts and crafts sector.www.institut-metiersdart.org
Discover the Viaduct des Arts, its workshops and its planted promenade. Stroll along the windows, take the stairs and admire the view of Paris... Breathe in the scent of old roses, which mark your way. Land on a corner of lawn, in the garden of Reuilly and enjoy...
Enjoy the Aligre market and fleas, its fantasies, its fresh and eclectic products... Visit the craftsmen of Faubourg Saint Antoine. Vibrate in front of the Opera Bastille shows. Admire their studios and the work of decorators, wig makers, costume designers and props designers.
Enjoy the gastronomic cuisine of Café l' Arrosoir, avenue Daumesnil, and Viaduc Café, before escaping to another Gare de Lyon region...
And meet our neighbours and friends: at the Café de la Commune d' Aligre, 3 rue d' Aligre, 100 rue de Charenton, the Ateliers de Paris, 30 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, the Ateliers des Arts de France, 55 avenue Daumesnil, the INMA, 23 avenue Daumesnil, the Ecole Boulle at 21 rue Pierre Bourdan...
A concession is granted to the private railway company " Paris Strasbourg " to build a railway line with the Place de la Bastille as its terminus. The implementation of this infrastructure required, depending on the sites crossed, to dig in the ground of the city or on the contrary, to build structures such as the Bastille viaduct.
Inauguration of the "Bastille Line"
Decommissioning of the line following commissioning of RER A
Construction of the Viaduct begins with the help of the architect Patrick Berger
Inauguration of the first vaults
Completion of the last vaults