Paris-La Défense, Hauts-de-Seine (92), Ile-de-France, France
Puteaux, Hauts-de-Seine (92), Ile-de-France, France
Clouds of the Great Arch of La Défense (1989)
Located on the "Grand Axe"
|Coordinates:||48° 53' 34.00" N 2° 14' 9.00" E|
|number of floors (above ground)||35|
|concrete volume||125 000 m³|
The arch is inclined by 6.33 degrees towards the "Grand Axe" on which it lies, the "Grand Axe" being the line beginning at the Louvre (with a similar off-axis inclination) and passing through the Arc de Triomphe du Caroussel, the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe and going over the Pont de Neuilly towards La Défense. While it has been speculated that the reason for this is either a perspectival ploy by the architect to give a better feel for the depth of the cube or to mirror the off-axis location of the Louvre, the primary reason is more practical. The foundations of the Great Arch are a series of huge columns placed in parallel to the sides of the cube and in the corners totaling twelve columns that have to penetrate into a ground that is highly perforated by the tunnels for the autoroute A14 and the RER A and Metro line 1. Additionally, an underground train station is located directly underneath and a section of the Quatre Temps Mall's parking garage intersects with the floor plan.
Relevant Web Sites
- 100 Monuments du XXe Siècle. Patrimoine et architecture de France. Editions France Loisirs, Paris (France), pp. 202-203. (2000):
- Architectures capitales. Paris 1979-1989. Electa Moniteur, Paris (France), 1988, pp. 192.
- La Défense. Expressions des arts urbains du XXe siècle. Éditions Albin Michel, Paris (France), pp. 37. (1992):
- La Grande Arche. Éditions du Demi-Cercle, Paris (France), pp. 68. (1994):
- La Grande Arche. In: (2004): Le Paris des Centraliens. Action artistique de la Ville de Paris, Paris (France), pp. 126-131. (2004):
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