A roof that’s making waves. Designed by architect Patrick Berger with Jacques Anziutti, La Canopée du Forum des Halles is inspired by the tree tops of a lush green forest. Sand-colored, it spans 96 meters and appears to rest on two wings that give onto the adjoining streets and gardens, some of which are still being landscaped. What does it look like? The 1980s Forum des Halles is no more. Above and below ground, the pavilions, gardens and the rather gloomy, unglamorous maze below have been totally transformed. Seen from afar, this gigantic canopy with its two vast entrances has a certain something about it. The 15 roof-ridge vents made from giant glass tiles let the light and air flood in and keep the rain out (promise!) thanks to an ingenious system of gutters and its tilt. Under the wings, on the ground floor, 15 or so new brands now line the streets, some of which also give onto the inside of the canopy. They include heavy-weight names like Lego and Nike, and two brasseries with terraces, at each end, opposite the entrances to the gardens (Champeaux by Alain Ducasse and Za by Philippe Amzalak designed by Philippe Starck), above which the City of Paris runs several amenities. La Place is a hip-hop cultural center for anyone interested in rap, beatboxing, DJing, dance and graphic arts and offers performance and exhibition spaces, work studios, an incubator for specialist entrepreneurs and a bar. Another gem to emerge from the redevelopment is a media library for new digital and urban cultural practices that’s also accessible to people with hearing impairments. This huge space overlooking the Saint-Eustache church is set to draw the crowds. Lastly, the Forum will feature the capital’s fourth MPAA (a center for amateur artistic activities) and a conservatoire named after Mozart, who reputedly lived in this area when he stayed in the city.