BACK HOMEPAGE ARCHITECTURE PAINTING FOUNDATION

B.1.3.10.1

LUTETIA

projects for Paris and France
by
VITTORIO MAZZUCCONI
Ministére des Finances
 
Paris 1982
Project Outside of Competition
Finance Ministery  


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This project, presented outside of the competition, opposed the suggested urban design. Instead of a low and long building, requiring a horizontal circulation of many kilometers.., Mazzucconi’s project proposed a tall building with a compact plan in a cross shape and a more rational, vertical system of communication. The choice of height was dictated as well by the site, which is on the boundaries of the center of Paris. Here the city - with Omnisports, Bercy Park and the Seine - declines into a suburban area, requiring a strong urban signal.
The proposed building is an object of strongly marked geometric characteristics. In addition to the idea of vertical organization, the building expresses a strong sense of centrality and the rigour of a mathematical structure. With respect to the urban spaces surrounding it from varying points of view and context, the object reveals itself as multi-sided. It presents as many faces as points of view, each with its own character and a relationship appropriate to the particular environment.