Geometrical world, La Défense
The photo was taken at the Grande Arche.
The project to build the 'Grande Arche' (Great Arch) was initiated by the French president Mitterrand. He wanted a XXth century version of the Arc de Triomphe. The design of Danish architect Otto van Spreckelsen looks more like a cube-shaped building than a triumphal arch.
It is a 106 meters (348 ft) white building with the middle part left open. The sides of the cube contain offices. You can take an elevator to the top of the Arche de la Défense, from where you have a nice view on the city center which is only 4 km further.
La Défense is the prime high-rise office district of Paris. Many of Paris's tallest buildings can be found here.
The Triumphal Way
At the end of the first World War, plans were made to develop the axis from the Arc de Triomphe at the Etoile to La Défense, an area at the edge of the center of Paris.
Numerous plans were submitted for the Voie Triumphale or Triumphal Way as it was known, most of them with endless rows of impressive skyscrapers in mostly Modernist style. Many of the plans which were submitted in 1930 came from renowned architects like Le Corbusier and Auguste Perret. None of these plans were realized, mainly due to the Great Depression in the 1930s.
In 1931 though, the authorities organized a new competition, but the intent was to limit the height of the buildings along the Triumphal Way. Only at the end of the long avenue, at the Défense, were towers allowed. This was recommended by the authorities as towers close to the center would obstruct the view on the Etoile.
Most of the 35 (French) entries in the competition were either classical or modernist style, but again none of the plans were actually realized due to lack of funding. The main focus now moved from the Triumphal way to the Défense area, or La Défense. The name défense originates from the monument 'La Défense de Paris', which was erected at this site in 1883 to commemorate the war of 1870.
A Forest of Towers
In 1951, the Défense site was chosen as an office center. In 1958, development of the area was started by a special agency, the Etablissement Public d'Aménagement de la Défense.
The first plan had 2 rows of skyscrapers of equal height. In 1964, a plan was approved to have 20 office towers of 25 stories each. Little of the development on the Défence was actually built according to this plan, as most companies started to press for taller office towers.
The result is a mix of mostly cheap towers of different heights. The tallest of them, the GAN tower, measured 179 meters (589 ft). The height of several towers, and in particular the GAN tower caused a public outcry as the 'forest of towers' disturbs the view on the Arc de Triomphe as seen from the Etoile. Partly in response to this criticism a new monument was built at the entrance of the Défense as a counterweight for the Arc de Triomphe: The Tęte Défense , also known as the Grande Arche de la Défense. (Source: aviewoncities)
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SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2010-02-07 1:38
beautiful capture. Geometric design, vertical lines, rich colors.
Very good work.
lousat (94770) 2010-02-07 1:59
Hi George,very different and beautiful idea! What a magic composition,and you work at the best whit your camera...i like a lot that! Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO
snunney (103285) 2010-02-07 2:00
An interesting composition with lots of geometric elements, which when combined make a pleasing harmonious whole. The man behind the desk is nicely placed in the frame and contributes to the atmosphere. Excellent colours and sharpness. Well observed and presented.
ymrk (15085) 2010-02-07 2:00
You must be loving the graphic!incredible details,not need the more words...Regards,
Leconte (5795) 2010-02-07 2:35
fantastic plan of these offices, very interesting in design, colors very bright and warm, good management of light and reflections,
have a good sunday,
Royaldevon (41032) 2010-02-07 2:59
Good Morning George,
Only a photographer would look at this and see a fine potential! And how well it has worked!
You are right! There is a fine interplay of shapes and colours, nicely balanced to give a thoroughly modern picture.
Buin (42468) 2010-02-07 3:00
This is an eye-catching one! A really intriguing and most intersting picture. All these forms, lines, Truly a not everyday photo. Really well seen!
Greetings from grey, cold and humid Germany!
npecanhuk (75696) 2010-02-07 3:04
Your off-the-beaten-track pictures of Paris are wonderful: originality and beauty at their best!
Pov, exposure, colors, dof and composition are outstanding features here too!
TFS - congratulations!
csabagaba (6636) 2010-02-07 3:18
Hideg rideg modern környezet szerintem a 80-90-es évekből.. Ezen még a dizájnolt bútorok és lámpák sem segítenek. El lenni lehet benne, élni nem. Persze ez csak az én véleményem, A fotó persze tökjó. Éles, tiszta, hozza a stílus lényegét és talán ad is hozzá. (A fotózáshoz nem értek, többnyire a tartalmat véleményezem és azt írom le, amit emócionálisan kivált belőlem. De ezt már ismered:-) )
smarcell (19965) 2010-02-07 3:31
Interesting. The human figure makes the difference here. The geometrical world, as you call it, broken by the presence of the person. The right ingredient to make a good picture
Cretense (68703) 2010-02-07 3:41
Excellent piece of architectonic photography, perfect framing and composition, excellent "geometry" and graphism! Flawless light management, beautiful colours!
francio64 (39888) 2010-02-07 3:54
riflessi e realtŕ insieme per una composizione originale, ricca di colori.
carper (96) 2010-02-07 4:04
a very good one georg,
a fine modern art shot, unusual from your hand, but you did do a very good job here, well composed and good colors, a very good one my friend, have a nice day.
planetphotoet13 (1099) 2010-02-07 4:32
Very interesting and rare photo,of this Modern and Futuristic Building with good POV,Contrast,Sharpness and Collors, Congratulations!!!
I wish a excelent Sunday for you!
Hugs from Brazil
TopGeo (38216) 2010-02-07 4:36
Hi George! A surprise in picture of internal space!Very impressive building Amazing composition and colour Splendid frame and crop! Exceptional composition with geometrical lines and symmetry combination of decoration and reflex! that impresses!
pasternak (15185) 2010-02-07 4:54
Nice graphical composition with the "lonely" man in the middle, good to have anothe screen behind him, well done!
jlbrthnn (76039) 2010-02-07 6:53
The splendid and artistic photograph is also of a great technical quality. It does not describe a universe which would be appropriate for my life. The artificial environments turn me sick:) a good work, a good note. Cheer.
Have a nice sunday
saxo042 (37910) 2010-02-07 7:55
A very modernistic capture of this elegant office view. All lines and colours are well placed in your composition.
akm (1216) 2010-02-07 11:13
Once again, I love the fresh eyes you have brought to Paris. This is a wonderful combination of interior geometry, reflections and rich colors -- beautifully done.
ChrisJ (116676) 2010-02-07 18:18
The solitary man at the counter adds a welcome human element. Good repetition of patterns, shapes and colours with superb sharpness, & effective tight framing. Well managed lighting too with no appreciable reflections off the many glass surfaces. Tfs!
jjcordier (79297) 2010-02-07 22:19
Excellent cadrage et superbe exploitation de ces jeux de lumičre et de reflets. Magnifique travail de photographe inspiré!
ifege (10719) 2010-02-08 1:16
La Defense is not my favourite part of Paris George but this photo is a great one capturing good colour and all the shapes.
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-02-08 1:52
Beautiful geometric composition of the interior of the building, through the windows.
I like the color, tone and light.
amaryllis (37039) 2010-02-08 8:48
superbe cette photo avec ce graphisme et géométrie, une netteté remarquable ainsi qu'une superbe luminosité
paura (47186) 2010-02-08 13:48
Formas e cores incríveis tomadas em excelente trabalho fotográfico. Muito boa, amigo.
gildasjan (43654) 2010-02-09 2:03
Une trčs belle réussite cette image ,ses couleurs et ses reflets.Trčs bien composé.
speedymanu (3701) 2010-02-21 8:57
a graphic composition. I like the reflections which add depth to this cubist vision.
ikeharel (74791) 2010-05-28 0:23
Found this picture while strolling through your portfolio, Gyorgy.
I like this photo becouse it is different from the usual staff you post and as you titled it is fjust plain geometric lines that we have on daily life - plain and simple, but nice.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-12
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/90 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-02-07 1:32