projects for Paris and France
| 22, Avenue Matignon (2/3)
Paris 1972 - 76
J.W. Thompson/SPDI (Leon Bernard Carat)
Study of the Façade
his study is based on three relationships:
o  With the height of surrounding buildings, with which those of
the various floors and of the entire structure are coordinated.
o  With the building’s interior, whose floors are treated
like balconies or free forms within the internal space, separate from
the façade, thus permitting a great deal of freedom in the composition.
o  With the pre-existing Louis Philippe façade, which had
little value in itself. From this, however, originated the idea of its
collapse, newly constructed piece by piece with new stone and according
to new forms, in which classical traditions are purposely violated. One
might ask whether this is actually a destruction or a construction, creating
an ambivalence rich with meaning.
The remainder of the façade, in glass and bronze-colored aluminum,
is composed of a rising and falling series of lines and planes. These
forms are accompanied by a subtle play of lines sandblasted onto the glass.