Philharmonie de Paris

Seductive architectural detail of Jean Nouvel’s genius Philharmonie de Paris hall in the Parc de la Villette, 19th arrondissement. At the turn of the (19th to 20th) century, la Villette was the ultimate in working-class turf — stockyards and slaughterhouses — but as the next century turn loomed, Paris planners envisioned the classy cultural environment eventually crowned (2016) by Nouvel’s asymmetrically layered, multi-textured shelter for great music, accessibly priced. I’m overdue for my (first!) in-person musical and architectural experience where once there were killing fields . . . .