Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and Communication, announces, following the favorable opinion delivered on November 24, 2016 by the Regional Commission of the Heritage and Sites of Ile-de-France, the labelling under the title of «Heritage of XXth century” of 10 buildings and urban complexes.

This list aims to highlight major public facilities, demonstrating the State’s commitment to architectural and spatial planning policies under the Ve Republic.

The following are labelled:

- the Maison de la Radio,

- the Centre Pompidou,

- the Arab World Institute,

- the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie and the Parc de la Villette,

- the Ministry of Economy and Finance,

- the Opéra Bastille,

- the Great Ark of Defense,

- the City of Music,

- National Library of France

- Quai Branly Museum – Jacques Chirac.

A study campaign on the major presidential works, conducted by the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs of Ile-de-France, led to these proposals. This labeling will open the eyes on these buildings which are exceptional architectural places but also places of life and work.

The label «heritage of XXth century” is one of the six priorities of the National Architecture Strategy, strengthening the consideration of the architectural heritage of the XXth and XXIth centuries.

This national recognition of our recent heritage makes it possible to identify the contribution in terms of social, spatial and technical innovation that these architectural and urban ensembles constitute.

In addition, thanks to the law of 7 July 2016 on the freedom of creation, architecture and heritage, the label «patrimoine du XXth Century” will find a new lease of life becoming “less than a hundred years old heritage” to take into account the most recent heritage. A systematic dialogue will henceforth be opened between owners, experts and departments of the Ministry of Culture and Communication at the time of any project of reuse, transformation or modernization of these premises so labelled.

The example of large-scale state-owned facilities that are labelled today is important. They are a continuation of the monumental heritage and are the material for our future projects.