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370 skilled workers on strike at Renault Billancourt 7000 workers technically unemployed.

Images d’archive INA,
National Audiovisual Institute.

Ile Seguin previously housed a large Renault plant, closed in 1992, and demolished between 2004 and 2005.

The Musical City of Seguin Island is thought in the respect for nature and the environment.

A few days before the opening of the Music Seine on the Ile Seguin in Paris,
Free Entry met its architect, Shigeru Ban, known to be the work of the Center Pompidou Metz.
Interview with the winner of the Pritzker Prize, explains how he thought, designed, and integrated into the landscape this new building, dedicated to music. From Monday to Friday, Claire Chazal explores the many forms of culture. On the menu, cultural events of the past 24 hours, reports on eclectic subjects, as well as meetings with personalities from the world of visual arts, performing arts, Film and music.
This project, estimated at 170 millions of euros, was entrusted to the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, winner of the Pritzker Prize,

last year, for having achieved the Center Pompidou Metz :

Retrospective Motor Show..

32:14 – Reportage 1934, PATHE
( Jean LOUBIGNAC) on the industry in France, AUTOMOTIVE in FRANCE – RENAULT

2:47 – The story – At the announcement of the closure of the Renault factory at Boulogne Billancourt expected 1992, retrospective. – DP Billancourt plant. DP Archives : Louis Renault first workshop (photos et images NB) at the end of the 19th century. 1908 : photos atelier. 1918 : Taxis of the Marne. DP line work in factory. 1936 : striking workers. DP inside factory, production lines. 1955 : paid vacation, holidaymakers bathing. World War II, very destroyed factory. GP paper accusing Louis Renault collaboration. 1945 : nationalization of the factory. DP Dauphine Renault. 1968 : SARTRE events Billancourt. DP Billancourt plant today.
Images d’archive INA. National Audiovisual Institute

Reportage on Seguin Island, former headquarters workshops Renault Billancourt disused since 10 years. While 50 hectares to be landscaped, former workers remember . Interview with Michel CERTANO, Areski AMAZOUZ. Maps of the abandoned factory. Archive siglées INA on Seguin Island. Photos NB. Images d’archive INA –
National Audiovisual Institute

The Renault factory in Boulogne Billancourt on Seguin Island will close, built in 1925, it still uses 4000 workers. Images d’archive INA.


Auto Renault works at Boulogne-Billancourt, France – strategic bombing results WWII (WW2).

The Renault factory in Billancourt Works after three air strikes by allied forces during the Second War mondiale.Résultats air attacks by the forces of’ British Royal Air Force and the United – US eighth on industrial areas in and around Paris occupied by the Germans during World War II Wolrd. The Renault factory in Billancourt Works after an aerial attack by the Royal Air Force (3 Mars, 1943) and two by the Air Force states – Eighth United (4 April 15 September, 1943). Workers clearing the interior of the factory. The damaged plant, collapsed roof, rubble and debris on the floor.

Workers clear debris. damaged steel structures, pillars and walls. Buildings factory. damaged walls, l’ wrecked equipment and materials. Allied officers and factory workers. Lieu: Paris, France. Date: 1945.

duration 1:11 – Urbex-Ile Seguin (Boulogne-Billancourt) // Initial assembly of my exploration 17/12/16.

deindustrialization and urban renewal


Renault Type A (1898-1900)

Far from being a pioneer of the motor vehicle, Louis Renault conceives his first car 1898 at the age of 21 years, more 10 years after the invention of the engine explosion 8 years after the founding of the first car manufacturer. But from his youth and dynamism, Louis Renault will become one of the pioneers of the automotive industry, and build his empire from the Renault Type A, produced from 1899.


The Renault factories, some years before destruction
In the years 1970, the site hosts over 20 000 employees on Seguin Island and in the triangle of Billancourt facing it. In this photo taken in the mid 1980, urban transformations are already significant and slice industrial area with tall buildings that surround it, typical of the late twentieth century. Factories have now disappeared and the area is under construction.

Ile Seguin


Bob Dylan – Boulogne Billancourt, France, Seine Music (21 Avril 2017) [Full Audio Concert]

Opening concert with L. Equilbey – Live @ The Seine Music
Inauguration –
Friday 21 Avril 2017
and with Bob Dylan in concert !


Patrick Devedjian has signed a partnership contract for the design, the construction and operation of future musical City of Seguin Island.

Like a Ship Ocean, The Seine Music on the Ile Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt is finally ready for its first navigators or more spectators. This imposing building 36.500 m2 will be officially opened on Saturday 22 Avril 2017 the President of the departmental council of Hauts-de-Seine, Patrick Devedjian. the day before, Bob Dylan will hold a special concert in this cultural complex built on the former site of the Renault factory.
Three years of work by Bouygues Construction were necessary to erect the musical Seine with its design was conceived by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines.

the culture of the Valley's flagship project, Musical City will be "one of the first contemporary architectural gestures and marks, geographically and symbolically, the front door ", said Patrick Devedjian. Set on the downstream tip of the Ile Seguin, a grip 2,35 he has, this equipment 36 500 m2 is to date a unique project in Europe. " It was, beyond the county interest, to overcome a deficiency in the Paris region, by endowing it with such equipment as exists in some European cities like London, Rome or Hamburg », said the president of the General Council. Musical City will mainly consist of an auditorium 1 100 spaces dedicated to classical and contemporary music and a large bathroom 4 000 seats dedicated to contemporary music. modular, it will accommodate up 6 000 people setting sit / stand and will be the only room in France capable of offering up to six performances 48 hours. A registration center and rehearsal rooms, a business space 2 660 m2, spaces catering and shops for cultural purposes will complete all. Two musical ensembles in residence will settle on the Ile Seguin : all Insula Orchestra, Laurence Equilbey, and the Master of Hauts-de-Seine.

L'LED Display – 800 m2

Bridges and footbridges..

The Seine Music returns to scene on Ile Seguin

The building consists of an auditorium 1150 places recognizable by a wooden shell which rests a “Sail”. Consisting of solar panels, this element 200 Tons and 45 meters high rotates according to the orientation of the sun. The auditorium will be dedicated to classical and contemporary music while Great room Seine, with a capacity of 4000 Seating places, will feature contemporary music concerts.

2:40 – Mock animated Auditorium of the Ile Seguin (Seine Music) and her veil covered with solar panels that follow the sun in its course (through Arduino).

PROJECT // Model of Seguin Island jean Nouvel


Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France takes part in the realization of the Musical City of Seguin Island scheduled for 2017.

The island Seguin becomes a pole cultural.

The site of the musical city, one of the great Valley of Culture projects supported by the department of Hauts-de-Seine, is transforming the face of the Ile Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt. Check it out !
From the sky, on the occasion of an aerial photography campaign carried out by a drone in mid-November 2015.

real Construction // Music Room – Auditorium // (below)

After having had a mini-thriller, the president of the departmental council of Hauts-de-Seine, Patrick Devedjian, said the place, which is to be inaugurated 21 avril 2017, is officially called "The musical Seine".

Boulogne-Billancourt: the metamorphosis of the Ile Seguin – A new concert venue opens near Paris.
A beautiful concrete liner dedicated to music opens on Seguin Island, Boulogne-Billancourt,r
holding together two concert halls, The musical Seine will offer a mix of musical genres.
The Musical Seine is a set of ship-shaped buildings, dedicated to all music, totally unprecedented in France, and Europe open to the public and can accommodate various events: arts, policies, festive, commercial etc..
Placed on the downstream tip of the Ile Seguin Boulogne-Billancourt in Hauts-de-Seine.

History of the island: conducted as part of a partnership agreement signed 11 July 2013 between the General Council of Hauts-de-Seine and the Ile Seguin Tempo consortium including Bouygues Île-de-France Building (representative), Sodexo, OFI Infravia, TF1 for a period of 27 years from the date of delivery. It covers the design, construction, funding,operation and maintenance contract lieux.Ce provides that the operator must develop operating revenues by developing programming that remains his own risk in addition to the programming of the General Council. In exchange operator will donate a guaranteed amount that will come against the cost borne by the community, a minimum of 150,8 million over 27 years.The building permits filed on August 1 2013, was educated until March 2014. The 7 November 2013 The opinion of the environmental authority on the impact study.

Early December 2013 preparatory work begin with the demolition of the Renault factory. Of 12 December 2013 the 18 January 2014 Public survey. Mars 2014 issuance of building permits and beginning preliminary work (earthworks, site installations,…).
Having been subject to appeal, the laying of the first stone was made on 5 July 2014 by the President of the General Council, Patrick Devedjian. The cost of construction is estimated at 170 millions of euros. The town of Boulogne also sold the land to 2,35 hectares for 1 symbolic euro to the General Council.

26:00 – Discover the very beginning of Robert Doisneau, famous French photographer, in the new photographic service of the Renault factory in Boulogne-Billancourt 1934. Then aged 22 years, he will discover worlds that are so unknown to him: the great world, the industrial world and the working world…

The public opening is scheduled for spring 2017 under the name of
"The musical Seine".

The occasion of the inaugural week of the Seine Music, Bob Dylan is the first artist to produce a musical, the 21 avril 2017.

The design of large building 280 meters long was entrusted architects Shigeru Ban and his partner Jean de Gastines. The set design of the rooms is carried out by the agency DUCKS scéno while acoustic studies were entrusted to firms Nagata Acoustics Acoustics and Lamoureux. It is along the grand foyer that organizes the backbone of the project. A great court will transition with the building and outside. Visitors will get out on the terraces and the large fireplace access to the hall, auditorium, Business space, and the pole recording rehearsals. A lawn will be placed on the roof. The total represents an area of 36 500 square meters.

The grand foyer
Covering an area of 1 000 square meters will include a bar, café restaurant, shops related music and cultural shows.

It is designed to accommodate a symphony orchestra or contemporary music.
Its capacity is 1 150 Seating places. Said room in vineyard, typology used for acoustic and scenographic criteria. Listeners are spread over several terraces all around the stage, creating a close with musicians. Acoustically the different terraces component surfaces allow early reflections of the orchestra to the audience intensifying the sense of intimacy with the musicians. The programming of events planned for the area was drawn on the advice of Olivier Mantéi.
(Deputy Director of the Opéra-Comique and co-director of the Bouffes du Nord theater). The Department provides for it, programming 40 Curtain raisers a year in this hall. These include certain benefits of the Master of Hauts-de-Seine who will settle here in premises him being reserved.

The large room can also accommodate a symphony orchestra in an orchestra pit for some shows. The Department will ensure the programming of ten curtains of sunrises in this room.

The auditorium of the Musical Seine Ile Seguin:

The Music City of the General Council, now called The Seine Music, is a project that we have always supported, and that, we recall has been no recourse.
Local residents have been privileged to participate in a tour premiere of this exceptional. The auditorium : a work of art woven wood.

Heart for the magnificent auditorium designed by Shigeru Ban, located in the heart of the "wooden egg" on the tip of the City. unamplified, a modular capacity up 1200 people, it is a true work of art woven wood. It lingers happily examining creativity and extreme care taken in every detail of the interior architecture. Natural materials, wood and cardboard, carved with talent, bring a warm and harmonious atmosphere. It understands the term "nest" used by its creator. The auditorium will be dedicated to classical music will be one of the most beautiful rooms in France.

It is part of the tradition of the great concert halls that can accommodate : concerts, musical comedies, live shows, comedians, ballets, shows for children, corporate events, etc. It can receive 4 000 seating or 6 000 in sit / stand. Its scenic devices, it can be modulated according to circumstances (theater, musical comedy, conference, concert etc.).

Registration Pole

Rehearsal rooms

business space
for conferences, seminars, salons, this space represents 2 660 square meters

An oval-shaped bird's nest will be placed on a body of water.

Price, rewards, distinctions
2014 – Award BiodiverCITY Label International Biodiversity Council and Real Estate.
2015 – Best Price Future project (Best Futura Project) 3 international market for real estate professionals (MIPIM) Awards in Cannes.

It is expected more 400 performances a year including fifty by the department. Among the renowned partners, Laurence Equilbey : Insula orchestra founded by the director of Accentus, benefit from a residence in the new premises.

Presidents of the artistic direction committee
Pierre Lescure – current director of the Théâtre Marigny, drive the programming of two rooms designed to host classical concerts, like jazz, dance or opera.

related article
Seguin island

external links
The musical City of Seguin Island by Jean de Gastines [archive]
The public-private partnership for the musical City of Seguin Island [archive]
Presentation of the project of the musical City of Seguin Island [archive]

Works.. The Seguin Island on

Around the wooden Auditorium, a veil decorated with near 1 000 m² of photovoltaic panels will move during the day following the path of the sun.


Launched in July 2014, the construction site of the departmental musical City of Seguin Island progressing well. The main structure is completed and the wood frame braided around the auditorium is placed. The layout of rooms and rehearsal of the orchestra resident registration is underway. The building must welcome its first visitors 2017.

Video of the Seguin Island bridge laying in Boulogne-Billancourt.

The musical Seine, the new concert hall in West Paris, Opens Friday 21 avril.


Press conference at the Musical Seine, on Seguin Island, the 21 September 2016.
From left to right : Patrick Devedjian (president of the county council of Hauts-de-Seine), Bernard Mounier (Chairman of Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France Building) and Philippe Bonnave (CEO of Bouygues Construction).

Photovoltaic solar panels are integrated into the sail that can turn around the auditorium of the new cultural and musical center "The Musical Seine", designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastine, on the Ile Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt, southwest of Paris, The 5 avril 2017.

The inauguration of the new building on the former Renault factory site will be held on 22 April and will be celebrating four days with concerts.

duration 7:48 (it is normal there is no sound) – The big story in the Boulogne Billancourt museum.


Pub – Renault 4CV a marvel !

Renault 4CV publicity “the good solution”

Renault 4CV – a masterpiece of engineering !
led the ! Viewing the first French car to sell over a million’ units: Renault 4 CV. Louis Renault and his engineers created surreptitiously during World War II. The 4 HP made its debut in 1946 and production ended in 1961.

Renault 1949 Monte Carlo Rally, 4cv

Montecarlo 1955 – With over eight million sales 31 model years, this little boxy sedan was and remains the best-selling French-made car in automotive history. It is practical, robust and universally accessible !

Renault 4CV R1063 (1951-1952) –

After the Second World War, Renault is nationalized and given the task of converting France to the car with the little 4CV. By a combination of circumstances, this popular car is going to engage in competition and tread the path of 24 Hours of Le Mans ...
Renault is in line with 24 Hours of Le Mans 1951 with five 4CV R1063, a sixth copy is registered privately by the Satecmo company that produces gearboxes. If private 4CV soon abandoned, official 4CV turn steadily on Le Mans, although both cars perdures in the last two hours of the race due to an accident and fire. The other three 4cv sign the 24, 27 and 29th places overall, Renault ensuring victory in the category 501-750cm3.
Finally, Renault built 80 4HP R1063 in two series 30 and 50 copies. The 4CV R1063 was available in kit in Renault dealerships to transform its series of 4CV, the customer could choose several gearboxes including the box 4 Duriez or the box 5 Claude, but these were billed as expensive as the car ... without mounting !


The 4 Renault CV, the car of French postwar, would today 50 years.
On the occasion of this anniversary, Renault's fate “Fiftie”, a non-commercialized prototype kept in contemporary technology, some nostalgia for his senior. Images d’archive INA.


Retromania continues to rage across the automotive world, with manufacturers referring to the inspiration of the classic design style modern technology.

the Renault 4 was considered a rather small building at launch, but later became considered an early tailgate. The family car front wheel marked the first of its kind produced by the Renault brand, who later became famous for Renault 5, Twingo and Clio. The "Quatrelle" is the genesis of the Renault brand. During his lifetime, Renault 4 received very little aesthetic and mechanical changes, aimed squarely throughout his life as an entry level stepladder in the glass ceiling of the automotive world. The final models 1992 also did not have the material comforts as the oldest examples, but continued to sell strongly regardless .

Different body types have existed throughout his long reign. Simple hatchback starting Quatrelle increasingly less powerful and R3 were poorly equipped Available, un camion pick-up, a panel van (Minivan), off-road vehicle (Sinpar 4×4) and a cabriolet (Outdoors). The Minivan became particularly emblematic in France, commonly called the Bakery van. The van Minivan even continued on sale until 1993, becoming a common sight across France until it was replaced by the Renault Express / Extra, based on the second generation Renault 5. Sales proved so strong, that even after the introduction of the Renault 5 in 1972 , the 4 Continuous production of’ other decades.

Excerpt from the film “walk, horse and carriage” (1957), Bugatti time or were just bagnoles secondhand !

Citroën plant in Levallois

The factory of Levallois, historical cradle of the 2CV, in the northwest of the Paris area, was the oldest of the Citroën factories (Bleach had been redone 1933). It was built in 1903, quai Michelet, by Adolphe Clément, boss Clément-Bayard Cars.

The Citroen 2CV was in France that the VW Beetle in Germany. The minimalist model was designed in the late 1930 as a car for the people, and the French could not resist. Not surprising – it was built to meet the new demands of one of the first major marketing surveys, conducted 1922.Michelin asked tens of thousands of respondents that their "people's car" would be ideal.



Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page Bubblemania.fr or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

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