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LUTETIA

projects for Paris and France
by
VITTORIO MAZZUCCONI  
J.C. Décaux
 
Neuilly 1987
Office Building
J.C.Dècaux Association


Index LUTETIA projects

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In this corner site, the architect has found a unique solution, rather than relying on the "bevelled angle" typical of all in crossroads in Paris. A small square (such as the one realized in La Citadelle project)provides the setting for a dramatic interplay of fractures, reflections and permeations of forms; above, the prow of a ship appears to be suspended. The prow faces the Orient, like all of the Arks (which are essentially Temples) in Mazzucconi’s projects. The contrast to the rest of the composition seen here, as in other works, expresses the anomaly and solitude of religious thought in the midst of a casual and often superficial contemporary world. In a certain sense, this project is a synthesis of themes developed by the architect in his Paris works: the great stone wall (recalling the building at Avenue Matignon), the sense of destruction (or the construction of a new world), the Ark, the interplay of reflections, the delicate balance between reality and illusion, and the co-existence of contradictory elements in a dynamic harmony. As a whole, it is a language that expresses the fusion of history, modernity, the future, reality and ideals.