Paris Square

Part of the urban plan proposed by the French architect Alfred Agache for Rio de Janeiro in the late 20s, the Paris Square was one of the areas that were effectively implemented. The proposal was pioneering by addressing city issues such as the relationship between built and empty space, the importance of green areas and the planning of mass transportation.


The design for the square followed the model of the traditional French garden, meaning paths and even vegetation of geometric shapes (through the use of topiary), use of symmetry axes and of ornamental elements (sculptures, fountains and water features) . The use of almond trees was intended to allow the square to be transformed according to the seasons, changing color in the fall just as it happens at Parisian squares.


Soon after its opening, the place was highly valued and frequented by Rio’s elite for its resemblance to the public spaces of the French capital.


Alfred Agache

Project Birth Year/Construction Year

/ 1929


Avenida Augusto Severo 342 – Glória

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Zona Sul


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Paris Square
Alfred Agache
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