Found project: Parc de la Villette


    Project : Parc de la Villette

    Language variant : Park of La Villette

    Architect : Tschumi, Bernard (et al.)

    Completion: 1987

    Locality : Paris

    Country : France

    Building style : Deconstructivism

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    Description :

    The park was designed by Bernard Tschumi, who built it from 1984 to 1987 on the site of the huge Parisian slaughterhouses and the national wholesale meat market, as part of an urban redevelopment project. The slaughterhouses, built in 1867 on the instructions of Napoleon III, had been cleared away and relocated in 1974. The park is meant to be a place inspired by the post-modernist architectural ideas of deconstructivism. Tschumi’s design was in partial response to the philosophies of Jacques Derrida, acting as an architectural experiment in space, form, and how those relate a person’s ability to recognize and interact. According to Tschumi, the intention of the park was to create space for activity and interaction, rather than adopt the conventional park mantra of ordered relaxation and self-indulgence. The vast expanse of the park allows for visitors to walk about the site with a sense of freedom and opportunity for exploration and discovery.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parc_de_la_Villette (May 3, 2011).

    Ed. Katriina Puputti



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