Le 104 (CentQuatre) – cultural and urban art space in Paris

(photo by dalbera)

You’ll find the cultural centre “le 104” (CentQuatre) in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, an area which is being increasingly gentrified following considerable government investment. The centre was opened in 2008 on the site of a former undertakers…

Don’t worry, the architects chose not to stick with its morbid history, but designed a vast hangar-like building divided into several spaces, flooded with natural light, with corridors leading off to artists’ studios. 

The site hosts numerous open studios, exhibition halls, a bookshop, restaurant, (delicious) pizza truck, a clothes boutique and a second-hand store. In all, there is over 36,000 m² of community art space. Artists are allowed to create whatever they like, provided they participate in the four annual festivals at the centre.

The outdoor courtyard is used for the occasional concert, exhibitions, children’s activities, a swap-a-book stall and a weekly (Saturday) farmers market. There are benches and sun loungers for relaxing on a warm day. The indoor communal space is used for activities from children’s games and workout classes to art lessons and interactive exhibitions. There is also a theatre, used for projections, debates and lectures.

The 104 was designed for all ages. While adults can watch the artists at work in their open studios, kids will love the La Maison des Petits, a child-sized playroom. This video gives you an idea of what to expect at the 104. See below for practical info.

Practical Information

104 rue d’Aubervilliers and 5 rue Curial

Riquet, line 7

Opening hours:

CentreQuatre (boutiques, food etc.)
Monday closed .
Tues-Fri 12-7 p.m.
Weekend 11-7 p.m.

Le Cinq (community arts)
Mon + Tues closed 
Wed-Fri 12-10 p.m.
Weekend 12-8 p.m.

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