Charles de Gaulle Historial, Paris

The invisible monument


Realization of a new underground construction at the Hôtel National des Invalides. Program: creation of a multi-screen room with 200 seats and a multimedia museum trail on the life, the course and the work of Charles de Gaulle.
The Historial is not a museum in the traditional sense of the term and then there is no object in the absence of a collection “Gaullian” incorporated. By General de Gaulle’s use of the media only image and sound could testify to the trace left in the history of France. Audiovisual monument, the Historial relies on an exceptional visual and sound heritage. Since no object should structure the scenography, it was necessary to spatialize a historical discourse, to give substance to immaterial content.

Photos: © Hervé Abbadie

Technical sheet

Competition: winning project
Owner: Army Museum
Location: National Hotel des Invalides, 75007 Paris
Surface area: 2,800 m²
Mission: architecture and museography
Cost works H.T .: 14 M €
Delivery: February 2008

Project Management Team:
Agence Moatti – Rivière, Mandatory Architect and Set Designer
Design offices: Betom Engineering (BET TCE), Cabinet Michel Forgue (economy), Avel Acoustics (acoustics), Pierre di Sciullo (signage), Video Amplitude (multimedia), Vincent Taurisson (audiovisual), L’Observatoire (lighting designer).