From 1995 to 2002, Avesta Group delivered a turnkey project for several temporary exhibitions of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie:
• Science News Space
• Man and Genes
• What Works?
• Decoding the Hair
• Journey into Space
Located in Parc de la Villette in Paris, the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (City of Sciences and Industries) is one of the three dozens Cultural Centers of the Science, Technology and Industry Network (CCSTI), promoting science and science culture.
About five million people visit the Cité each year. Attractions include a planetarium, a submarine (the Argonaute (S636)), an IMAX theatre (La Géode) and specialised areas for children and teenagers.
The Cité is classified as a public establishment of an industrial and commercial character, an establishment specialising in the fostering of scientific and technical culture. Created on the initiative of President Giscard d'Estaing, the goal of the Cité is to spread scientific and technical knowledge among the public, particularly for youth, and to promote public interest in science, research and industry.
The building is constructed around the large steel trusses of an abattoir sales hall on which construction had halted in 1973. The transformation, commissioned on September 15, 1980, was designed by the architect Adrien Fainsilber and engineer Peter Rice. It was opened on March 13, 1986, inaugurated by François Mitterand upon the occasion of the encounter of the Giotto space probe with Halley's Comet.
The most notable features of the "bioclimatic facade" facing the park are Les Serres - three greenhouse spaces each 32 metres high, 32 metres wide and 8 metres deep. The facades of Les Serres were the first structural glass walls to be constructed without framing or supporting fins.
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