about Les Halles de Paris
In 2016, the baldinger•vu-huu studio worked on the typeface of the new signage of the Halles district in Paris. The area reopened in 2016, following extensive renovation work and the creation of the Canopée.
Les Halles site is a centre of gravity for the Parisian agglomeration with the Châtelet – Les Halles station, which combines the RER, metro, bus and underground roads, making it one of the main access points to Paris for the 10 million people of Île-de-France. The district consists of the Forum des Halles, the transport hub and the gardens.
At the heart of the district, the public transport hub is closely tied in with the Forum des Halles. It is the most visited shopping centre in France, with 50 million visitors per year (150,000 per day). Built underground, it houses the largest shopping centre in Paris and numerous cultural and leisure facilities open to a wide range of people. On the surface, a four-hectare garden offers a place of relaxation for the inhabitants and users of the district. The intensity of life underground is matched on the surface by a break, a breath of fresh air in the dense network of the Parisian hyper centre.