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Tuesday 24 January 2012

Arcs - Tour Exaltis


Tour Total reflétée dans la tour Exaltis



Lichtbögen

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.

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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