The Paris Mint is the oldest French institution and one of the most beautiful examples of neoclassical architecture in Paris. Founded in the 9th century by Charles II (known as Charles the Bald), the historical site on the Quai Conti produces works of art, medals, decorations and coins made of precious metals.
REINVENTING THE PARIS MINT
In 2009, l’Atelier d’Architecture Philippe Prost (AAPP) won the competition launched by the Paris Mint to find a manager for the reorganization project of the Paris site. The aim was to re-situate the Paris Mint in the continually moving narrative of the 21st Century, by revealing the prestigious collections and monetary treasures and giving the public the opportunity to admire live productions of medals and coins.
The Hôtel de la Monnaie combines in one a manufactory, a palace, and a museum. Temporary exhibitions and Guy Savoy’s restaurant hosted in the palace. The museum has a permanent collection, and a new museum shop is now open in the old forge underneath a vast 17-meter dome.
The Paris Mint can now offer the general public a cultural, educational and recreational tour of the last remaining factory in Paris, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Crédit : 11 Conti de la Monnaie de Paris Vestibule Philippe Prost, architecte / AAPP © adagp – 2017 © Aitor ORTIZ