Orthodox cultural Center

Paris, France



Project team

Landscape architect: LOUIS BENECH
Façade engineer: VP & GREEN
Structural engineer: CEBA
M&E engineer: ARCOBA
Sustainability consultants: GREEN AFFAIR
Acoustician: LASA
Fire Safety Consultants: APEX INCENDIE
Scenography: SCENE
Road and services consultants: OTCI
Catering consultant: CONVERGENCE
Lighting specialist: SPEEG + MICHEL ET ASSOCIES
Quality control consultant: BUREAU VERITAS
Health and safety consultant: QUALICONSULT SECURITE
BIM consultant: ATELIER JUNO


4 655 m²




Construction of an orthodox Cathedral, a administration center, an educational center and a cultural center.

Originally occupied by the headquarters of Météo France, the site which hosts the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Centre (ROSCC) is located on the banks of the Seine, a Unesco World Heritage Site, in the immediate vicinity of several popular tourist sites.

The programme consists of four buildings designed to resonate with each other and with the surrounding buildings, thus forming a harmonious whole integrated into the existing urban fabric: the cultural centre with two exhibition halls, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, the administrative centre including an auditorium and the educational centre.

The structure of the church was built in reinforced concrete before receiving the stone facade on the outside and the plaster for the frescoes on the inside. The choice of the noble stone of Massangis, from Burgundy and supplied by the Rocamat company, which notably covers the Iéna Bridge, the Museum of Modern Art, or the buildings of the Trocadero, reinforces the Parisian identity of the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Centre. The five bulbs were made of composite materials and covered with 90,000 sheets of a gold and palladium alloy.

Imagining, on the banks of the Seine and in the heart of Paris, a complex consisting of a cultural centre, an Orthodox cathedral, a spiritual centre and a bilingual school, which is both coherent and in harmony with the neighbourhood, represents a great responsibility but also an exciting challenge.

Jean-Michel Wilmotte


The Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Centre is part of an eco-responsible approach throughout the project, from design to completion: permeability of the project with its neighbourhood, flexibility of spaces and comfort of use, etc. The project has received HQE Aménagement certification and complies with the City of Paris' Climate Plan and Biodiversity Plan.