Senin, 12 Oktober 2009

La Grande Arche de La Défense, Paris

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The modern Arc de Triomphe in the La Défense district of Paris, La Grande Arche de la Fraternité, was realized by Danish architect Otto van Spreckelsen. Paul Andreu completed the project in 1990, after Spreckelsen's death.

The strict tesseract geometry suggests continuous motion and transformation from the inside out. The center is punched through, however, rendering a kind of frameway between the old and modern city. At 106m tall, it is almost a perfect cube.

The cubed pattern on the inside prestressed concrete and Carrara marble continues on the pavilion on the ground. Steps lead up to the peculiar tent. The visitor proceeds through a circular glass entrance into the ground. Squares of glass on the other side add complexity to the grand framed view. A new take on a nationalistic and reverenced symbol of success, La Grande Arche suggests one vision for a modern future. It also is functional, with governmental offices on each side.

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^Christian Heindel
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^Thomas Claveirole
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