>> Sunday, October 10, 2010
Grand de Arche is located at the La Defense business district. The building is the result of international design competition launched in 1992, the initiative of French president Franois Mitterrand. Danish architect Johann Otto Von Sprecklesen won the design competition in his entry to create the 20th century version of the Arc de Triomphe. Arc de Triomphe is a monument and the largest triumphal arch in the world and located at the end of Champs Elysees opposite of the Grande de Arch.
The arch is close to a perfect cube with its dimensions, 110m high, 112m deep and 108m wide. The arch is made from a prestressed concrete frame. The arch whole structure is turned at an angle of 6.33 degree on the axis to accommodate its big foundations with La Defense Metro Station, RER station and motorway, all situated directly underneath the buiding. Click the link here to see the plan.
The building facade is finished completely with marble slabs.
Gigantic steel cables fixed into the concrete wall, supporting the
vertical passageway for the lifts