Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris

Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris

Origin of the project
The origin of the project dates back to 1982, during the state visit of Mr. François Mitterrand, President of the French Republic, to Japan. It was during one of the meetings he had with the Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki that Mr. Mitterrand launched the idea of creating a house in Paris to present Japanese culture to the French public and thus strengthen the ties between the two countries. This project, original at the time, which envisaged cooperation between the public and private sectors, was then put forward by the Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Yasuhiro Nakasone, who encouraged the Nippon Keidanren (Federation of Japanese Economic Organizations) to participate.

The proposal being well received, the two parties began preliminary studies and through a call for tenders, the company M2J, a former subsidiary of Marcxell group, was commissioned to carry out structural and civil engineering studies, which led to the choice of a plot of land located on the Quai Branly, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris and very close to the Eiffel Tower.

Start of work and inauguration

After the design work and the obtaining of the Building Permit in 1993, the construction work started in September 1994. The Foundation of Japan, a Japanese public law organization whose mission is to ensure cultural exchanges between Japan and other countries, became the project owner. Subsequently, it was also entrusted with the task of organizing the management and activities of the House.

M2J, a subsidiary of the Marcxell group, carried out the structural work and project management.