Although it seems to have been designed with movies in mind, the building was originally created for the American Center in Paris, a now-defunct hub dedicated to fostering American culture in the French capital. With his signature stylistic swoops and draping planes, renowned architect Frank Gehry constructed a façade that hinted at the multi-functional, cross-cultural spaces within. Now, this edifice seems tailor-made to a building dedicated to the modern art of film with its projecting surfaces and multiple perspectives.
For nine years, the building stood ghost-like at the edge of Parc de Bercy after the American Center in Paris dissolved. Before it could be converted to a center dedicated to cinema, the building’s interior underwent changes, such as converting rehearsal studios into storage rooms. But its exterior and main hall remain virtually the same, allowing visitors to see within their dynamic shapes and dramatic angles not only a metaphor for cinema but for all fine arts.