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Tuesday 16 April 2013

Exposition de photos cette semaine à Collobrières

Exposition avril 2013

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Arcs - Tour Exaltis

Tour Total reflétée dans la tour Exaltis


Arcs of Light

Arcs de lumière

Tour Exaltis is a relatively late addition to La Défense (2006), designed by architects Bruno Willerval of Bridot-Willerval and Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Architectonica, and built by Bouygues. It houses the headquarters of Mazars.

Arcs of light extended to the pavementThe arcs of light are lighting strips in the interior of the big entrance hall. The architects have extended them onto the pavement outside the building, as you can see in this image (click to enlarge).

I have taken up that idea and “extended” the arcs of light into the surroundings, structuring the mirror images of la Défense, and blurring the distinction “inside – outside”.

The first image is closely cropped to the pedestrian level of La Défense, with Tour Total and Tour Areva framing the image left and right. The second shows the lower street level - with pedestrians, and the photographer in the lower left corner. (Contrary to Erich Kästner's proverbial saying that the photographer is never in the picture: "Merk's dir, du Schaf, weil's immer gilt: der Photograph ist nie auf'm Bild.")

La Défense reflétée dans la tour Exaltis
La Défense reflétée dans la tour Exaltis

Grande Arche et Société Générale reflétées dans la tour Exaltis Here we have two emblematic buildings of La Défense reflected in cascades in the concave structure of Tour Exaltis: La Grande Arche and one of the towers of Société Générale.

Breaking through (Tour EDF dans la tour Exaltis) "Breaking through"
The reflected image of Pei's EDF tower seems to be breaking through the façade of the Exaltis tower from the inside.

Thursday 28 August 2008

Exposition de photos à Collobrières / Atelier de portraits

Exposition / Exhibition : 6 - 19 septembre 2008, Atelier Agosta

Mat dansant

“Reflets – Réflexions”
“Spiegelungen – Reflektionen”

"Mat dansant"

(Cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

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Sunday 6 July 2008

La Défense #20 : Final Visit?


Dernière (?) visite à La Défense
Last (?) visit to La Défense
Letzter (?) Besuch in La Défense

(Click on the image to enlarge)

Some new images and some « returns » from a visit on 17 June:
Time for new topics...

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Saturday 28 July 2007

La Défense #17: Le quartier des assurances

Bâtiment AGF

L'esplanade de la Défense:
Das Versicherungsviertel
The insurance quarter

AGF - Athena building (1984) with the sculptures of the water basin by Takis (1988)
(Click to enlarge)

In this posting you see only three insurance buildings, the one of AGF serving as a mirror for those of AXA and GAN. There are more insurance companies in the area and the new 300 m tower of Generali will be built close by.

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Saturday 14 July 2007

La Défense #16: West End: Hémicycle et Ellipse

Place de l'Hémicycle

"Rounded Squares"
Espaces arrondies
Kurven und Plätze

Place de l'Hémicycle with the Société Générale tower in the back
(Click on the image to enlarge)

Beyond the Grande Arche and the Renaissance Hotel you don't meet many visitors any more. Three "rounded squares": Place Ronde, Place de l'Hémicycle, Place de l'Ellipse, follow each other in the direct neighbourhood of the two half round towers of Société Générale.
I don't have a nice image of glass covered Place Ronde yet, so you will just get an idea of the two adjacent Places de l'Hémicycle et de l'Ellipse.
On week-ends both are completely deserted. While place de l'Ellipse is not really meant for the general public - there is nothing to invite you walk around or sit down - the emptiness of Place de l'Hémicycle with its benches and restaurant is quite spooky. I'll have to come back on a week-day. Nevertheless, the bold architecture of the place and the Société Générale building "towering" above it is quite striking.

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Monday 2 July 2007

La Défense #15: Les 4 Temps

Les 4 Temps

La nouvelle façade du centre commercial Les 4 Temps
Die neue Fassade des Einkaufszentrums Les 4 Temps
The new façade of the shopping centre Les 4 Temps

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Thursday 14 June 2007

La Défense #14: Kupka-Polis

Kupka, Passerelle Japonaise

A City in the Kupka Building

Toute une ville dans l'immeuble Kupka

Eine ganze Stadt im Kupka-Gebäude

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Saturday 9 June 2007

La Défense #13: End of an Era

Tour Aurore

End of an Era
Fin d'une ère
Ende einer Ära

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Saturday 2 June 2007

La Défense #12: Kaleidoscopes

AGF Building 1

Inverted kaleidoscope
Umgekehrtes Kaleidoskop
Kaléidoscope inverse

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Saturday 26 May 2007

La Défense #11: Tour Descartes

Tours Descartes et Europlaza

Built in 1988 (architects URQUIJO, MACCOLA and WILLERVAL) and renovated in 2000, Tour Descartes houses the IBM headquarters.

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Saturday 12 May 2007

The renewal of La Défense

Construction - 07_0114_La-Def_L2_29

Le renouveau de la Défense
Ein neues Kapitel für La Défense
The renewal of La Défense

(Société Générale, Click on the image to enlarge)

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Sunday 15 April 2007

La Défense #9: Tour EDF

Tour EDF Postcard Image

Leçon de géométrie par Pei
Geometrie-Lehrstück von Pei
Geometry Lesson by Pei

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Tuesday 10 April 2007

La Défense #8: CNIT bis

The weeks before Easter were rather hectic and did not leave time for the blog. Apologies to all who dropped by and did not find anything new.
During this time I needed to go through my archives in preparation of a family celebration, and I finally found my "historic" images of the CNIT - from 1996. The only office tower to be seen behind the CNIT is Tour Sequoia, then still Tour Bull if I am not mistaken.
None of the Towers on the other side of the Boulevard Circulaire existed at that time. (Egée, currently Ernst&Young; Cèdre, currently Cegetel; etc.)

CNIT Tour Sequoia 1996

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The next image is an extract of a larger one, showing a rather dull "real" view of the CNIT, and the statue "Le Grand Toscano" next to the Areva Tower (then called Tour Framatome). The reflection in the nearly black surface of this tower being the most interesting part of the image, I have extracted it here.

CNIT et Arche dans la Tour Areva

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To be followed soon by a number of different views of Pei's tower for EDF.

Saturday 31 March 2007

La Défense #7: CNIT

Even though I left the spring images posting for more than a week, spring did not return to Paris. Let us hope it will be back for Easter.
(Apologies for the long interval between postings)

History CNIT (EPAD)

Returning to the origins of la Défense, here are a few images of the very first building there, Le CNIT (Centre des Nouvelles Industries et Technologies).

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Tuesday 20 March 2007

La Défense #6: Spring / Printemps / Frühling



The sculpture “Le Somnambule” by De Miller seems to be conducting a crescendo of blossoms coming out in early spring.

(Click on the image to enlarge)

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Saturday 3 March 2007

La Défense #4 : Crépuscule / Twilight / Dämmerung « Entre chien et loup »

TotalFinaElf Coeur Défense crépuscule

Crépuscule - Nuit : « Entre chien et loup »
Twilight – night
Dämmerung – Nacht

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Thursday 22 February 2007

La Défense #3: Symbols

Grande Arche - Football

La Grande Arche comme symbole de La Défense ?
La Grande Arche as a symbol of La Défense ?
Die Grande Arche als Symbol der Défense ?

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Saturday 17 February 2007

Saisir l'Ephémère - La Défense #2

Construction - 07_0114_La-Def_L2_29

Saisir l’éphémère ?
What is ephemeral about office towers?
Nicht so sehr „Vergängliches festhalten“, sondern „die Vergänglichkeit des Subjekts erfassen“.

"Saisir l’éphémère”, catching the ephemeral, may seem like a strange concept in conjunction with buildings constructed for eternity - at least in the intentions of their proud creators. Of course, if you had a chance of looking at some of the sources cited in the previous posting on the history of La Défense, you realise how things changed there over time. And if you take a look at the many sites under construction today, you will see quite dramatic changes happening right now, destruction and (re-) construction.
But my notion of the ephemeral is not so much centred on the long term evolution of La Défense (or that of my other subjects) – I am rather interested in showing the ephemeral nature of my subjects in a single image (or in very few images showing different aspects of a subject).

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