Jean-Michel Wilmotte (born 1948 in Soissons) is a French architect.

Jean-Michel Wilmotte
Soissons, France
BuildingsMandarin Oriental, Paris (2011)
Collège des Bernardins, Paris (2008)
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (2008)
Urban Furnitures for the Tramway T3, Paris (2006)
LVMH, Paris (2004)
Incheon International Airport, Seoul (2000)
Collège de France, Paris (1998)
Urban Furnitures for the Champs Élysées, Paris (1994)
ProjectsPalais des Festivals, Cannes
École de Formation du Barreau, Issy-les-Moulineaux
Allianz Riviera, Nice
Palais de la Mutualité, Paris
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Kyiv Business Park, Kyiv



Jean-Michel Wilmotte, born in Soissons in 1948, studied interior design at the Camondo school of interior design in Paris. Just two years after graduating, he founded his own agency in Paris in 1975. His style influenced a number of personalities, including François Mitterrand, who asked him to design part of his private apartments in the Elysée Palace in 1982. Soon after, the mayor of Nîmes, Jean Bousquet, commissioned the redevelopment of the city hall and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Jean-Michel Wilmotte earned his degree in architecture in 1993, allowing him to work on large scale and to develop the concept of "interior design of cities", while maintaining the same attention to the use of "noble materials and extreme attention to finishes" notable in his smaller scaled works. Over the years, the agency has diversified and operates primarily in five key areas: architecture, interior design, museology, urbanism and design. An attention to details allows Jean-Michel Wilmotte and his team to work from the smallest to the largest scale: moving from a house to a skyscraper, from a shop to a corporate headquarters, from a gallery of art to a museum, and from street furnitures to urban design.

Currently, the Wilmotte & Associates agency has 185 employees from 40 different countries. It has now taken an international and multicultural dimension, with projects in over twenty countries around the world. The firm is established in four locations: Paris, Sophia-Antipolis, London, and Seoul.

In 2005, the Wilmotte Foundation was created to promote the urban craft through the W Prize, with the goal of helping and encouraging young architects. In 2010, according to a study by UK magazine Building Design, the agency is listed in the world ranking of the 100 largest architecture firms, holding the 73rd spot in 2011.

Under Construction

  • Paris (France), Palais de la Mutualité, conversion into a conference center, 13 000 m².
  • Cannes (France), Palais des Festivals, rehabilitation of Auditoriums, 4 000 m².
  • Issy-les-Moulineaux (France), École de Formation du Barreau, construction, 10 500 m².
  • Nice (France), Allianz Riviera, stadium, construction, 54 000 m².
  • Geneva (Switzerland), International School of Geneva, conception of a Centre of Arts, 3 000 m².
  • Montrouge (France), Campus Montrouge, conversion and construction, 40 000 m².
  • Orly (France), Coeur d’Orly, offices, 20 000 m².
  • Rueil-Malmaison (France), Green Office, 33 500 m².
  • Maranello-Fiorano (Italy), Nuova Gestione Sportiva, 22 000 m².
  • Courchevel (France), 80 housing, construction, 6 000 m².
  • Versailles (France), Résidence for the Hospital Richaud, conversion and construction, 20 000 m².
  • Monaco, Giroflées, residential tower, 29 000 m²
  • Monaco, Teotista, residential tower, 7 000 m².
  • Moscow (Russia), Red October, lofts, 22 000 m².
  • Paris (France), Musée d’Orsay, museographical design of 3 spaces, 2 400 m².
  • Amsterdam (Nederland), Rijksmuseum, museographical design, 12 000m².
  • Val-de-Chalvagne (France), Le domaine de la Chaume, lodging, hotel-spa, farm, 45 000 m².
  • Saint-Quentin (France), Quai Gayant, 12 ha.
  • Kyiv Business Park (Ukraine), tower and theater, 600 000 m² on 19 ha.
  • Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Rio Centro, construction of a new pavilion, hotel and FIFA offices, 54 000 m².[1]

Selected Projects



  • Ceci n'est pas un parc, entretien avec Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Éditions Libel, Lyon (France), 2010 ISBN 9782917659083
  • Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Architecture – Ecriture, Dane McDowell, Éditions Aubanel, Paris (France), 2009 ISBN 9782700606898
  • Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Architectures à l'oeuvre, François Lamarre, Pascal Tournaire, Stéphane Paoli, Éditions Le Moniteur, Paris (France), 2008 ISBN 9782281194012
  • Wilmotte, l'instinct architecte, Jean Grisoni, Jean-Baptiste Loubeyre, Éditions Le Passage, Paris (France), 2005 ISBN 2847420819
  • Architecture intérieure des villes, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Paul Virilio, Éditions du Moniteur, Paris (France), 1999 ISBN 2281191044
  • Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Francis Rambert, Éditions du Regard, Paris (France), 1996 ISBN 2841050262
  • Réalisations et projets, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Éditions du Moniteur, Paris (France), 1993 ISBN 2281190706
  • Wilmotte, Jean-Louis Pradel, Éditions Electa Moniteur, Paris (France), 1988 ISBN 286653056X


  1. ^ "Wilmotte & Associés S.A". Archived from the original on 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
  2. ^ « Un nouveau centre culturel russe en 2013 », Jean-Pierre Thiollet, France-Soir, 16 October 2010, [1] Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ « Une église pas si orthodoxe dans le ciel de Paris », Jean-Jacques Larrochelle, Le Monde, 5 February 2014, [2]