Posted by Jacques Pochoy on April 01, 2002 at 14:15:04:
In Reply to: Re: Beaubourg and Paris posted by Paul Malo on April 01, 2002 at 10:58:18:
The old buildings you can see on the photo were salvaged or rebuilt "as if"! That part works quite well, mostly because of the sheer quantity of people strolling in the Piazza... At the corner there was a social housing building that was completely rented by not so social intellectuals would-be of the time...!
But on the same strip then Beaubourg there was some already crumbled houses.. So the Quartier de l'Horloge had to be "new"! It wasn't a bad tentative, being quite humble but a little too much in the "proliferant" type, sort of labyrinthic building that tries to hide it's uniqueness with complex volumes. It quickly became the "cour des miracles" of all the local junkies...
As a matter of fact... the "object prone" building, Beaubourg, is more in scale with the "rue du Renard" and the different Piazzas than the building that tried to respect the "spirit" of courtyards and small streets or "passages"...
I think the public can feel it, even if most of the interest is in what is sheltered by Beaubourg...
I'll get you some recent photos one of these days....:-):-):-)
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