A MANUFACTURE DES TABACS - 142 YEARS OF HISTORY
The European Heritage Days were an opportunity for the public in Metz to see the emblematic site of La Manufacture des Tabacs for the last time before its upcoming conversion. There were two days of exhibitions, conferences, films, games and other events organised with the help of a local organisation - Association des Amis des Manufactures des tabacs et allumettes messines. The guided tours of the 30 bunkers underneath this former tobacco factory were already fully-booked several days before the event.
La Manufacture des Tabacs of Metz was built in 1868 during the Second Empire and operated until June 2010, employing up to 3,965 people. This symbol of labour movement history in Metz will soon undergo a massive conversion programme - it is to be converted into nearly 300 homes, a business tourism residence, a student halls of residence, offices and convenience stores, to be designed by Bouygues Immobilier in accordance with the site's architectural heritage.
GALEO - AN ODE TO CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
Another place, another era: at Issy-les-Moulineaux, just south of Paris, the head office of Bouygues Immobilier, Galeo, welcomed visitors in a totally different setting. They were treated to a visit of the entrance hall, the Board meeting room and the club on the 7th floor. This open day was hosted by a lecturer and focused on the audacious architecture of Christian de Portzamparc. This HQE®-certified building, with its double-skin glass layer comprising 700 screen-printed 'scales' and architectural layout designed to boost energy performance, is a magnificent showcase of Bouygues Immobilier's values and expertise.
VISITORS WERE CHARMED
Thousands of visitors attended these open days. La Manufacture des Tabacs attracted an impressive 5,500 sight-seers and ranked amongst the most-visited sites in Metz during this event... Whilst Galeo will be open to the public once again next year, visitors will have to wait until 2014 to discover La Manufacture des Tabacs in its new clothes when the conversion work has been completed.
A GREAT POPULAR SUCCESS
Since 1984, the European Heritage Days are held every year over the 3rd weekend of September. Created by the French Ministry of Culture, these days are a good opportunity to discover all the wealth of France's national heritage throughout a wide variety of different sites. Hidden gardens, industrial sites, religious buildings or institutions - the most famous to the most discrete places - all open their doors to ever-increasing numbers of visitors. Nearly 12 million people in France attended the days in 2011!