As far as I know only the French would have the courage, and make it work, to put a modern piece of architecture on the same plot of land next to a classic building several hundred years old . The Musée du Louvre originates from the 12th century and later was transformed from a palace to a museum in the Napolionic period.
I recently visited Paris. A wonderful city, in full autumnal bloom. Dynamic buildings in the new La Defense region and the old established ones, in the main part of the city, which gives Paris its unique style.
The cafe culture born in Paris is often copied but never bettered by other cities. The madness of the driving – you have to be bold and cross the road at your peril.
Only the Parisians with their Art Culture would think – even consider – putting a modern glass pyramid next to the established old building of the Louvre!
Palaces, churches, art, museums and monuments Paris has got it all..
Whats more I didn’t get to see half of it… Ill have to go back!
Mobile phone photography…
Whilst killing time in La Defense Paris a few weeks back i made the cardinal sin – I left my camera in the hotel.. With all the architectural opportunities to photograph available I felt like screaming – I just hadn’t enough time to go back get my camera then return to work! Any means of something to record what i was seeing was needed – the mobile phone came to the rescue…. A Blackberry Bold. Now I know the lens on the phone is not that great – in comparison to other mobile phones not to mention compact camera’s and DSLR’s – but if you need something then my Blackberry was better than nothing…
La Defense is an area of architectural saturation and can only be matched by similar areas in our modern cities in europe such as Barcelona, Madrid, and our City’s – London – Canary Warf… These areas, that have developed over the last few decades, have allowed designers a freedom to express strength, power, solidity and beauty.
Thanks to the Bold I could get some record of this fascinating vibrant area. One which I will return to next time with a better camera and lens.