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Redevelopment of the Pavillon Dufour

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Redevelopment of the Pavillon Dufour

The Dufour Pavilion opens on 23 February 2016. This new entrance created by the architect Dominique Perrault mixes restoration, rehabilitation and contemporary works. It establishes the Palace of Versailles in the modernity that it owes its visitors.

The works of the Pavillon Dufour are one of the major works of the « Grand Versailles » plan launched in 2003. The three priorities of this programme are the restoration of the historical monument and its decor, the safety upgrade of all the site and improving the reception of visitors notably through the Pavillon Dufour redevelopment.

Inside of the Pavillon Dufour ©EPV/Christian Milet

New visitors’ reception area


Whith the work completed, visitors enter via one of the two wings on either side of the royal courtyard (cour royale): the Pavillon Dufour on the left for individual visitors, and the Pavillon Gabriel on the right for groups.

The new reception

 

 

 

 

 

L'escalier à ciel ouvert ©EPV/Christian Milet

Architectural project

The architect and town planner Dominique Perrault was commissioned by the Palace of Versailles to oversee the renovation of the Pavillon Dufour.

The method Mr Perrault recommended to respect all the historic and architectural heritage of this part of the old palace was particularly appealing.

The architectural project

 

 

 

 

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