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Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

MÉNAGE À TROIS in Paris, France by Tomas Ghisellini Architetti

 
August 7th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Tomas Ghisellini Architetti

The new (rediscovered) wings of the Hôtel de Galliffet

Mirror reflection: strategy of lightness

The new architectural wings of the Hôtel de Galliffet will be enigmatic and surprising appearances.

Logics of composition, materials and formal repertoire push the architectural bodies towards an expressive vocabulary for which the terms of lightness and permeability prevail.

The strategy of inclusion aims to give the new buildings a kind of perceptive dematerialization; this way proceeding the partial clogging of the courts will assume a character of agreement and co-operation rather than imposition.

View of the east wing, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

View of the east wing, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

  • Architects: Tomas Ghisellini Architetti
  • Project: MÉNAGE À TROIS
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Photography: Tomas Ghisellini
  • Client: Italian Institute of Culture in Paris
  • Collaborators: Lucrezia Alemanno, Daniele Francesco Petralia, Salvatore Scandurra
  • Building construction cost estimated: 9.000.000,00 €
  • Building Construction Forecast: 2018 – 2021

View of the south wing from the historical loggia, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

View of the south wing from the historical loggia, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

The two architectural bodies openly cite the great Parisian architectures of transparency, made of steel and glass: precious facades just as a tissue of amber smoked glass protect spaces for which the direct visual relationship with the outside is to be a decisive added value.

The italian piazzetta of the south wing, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

The italian piazzetta of the south wing, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

Shading crystal “slabs”, all dimensionally and formally identical throughout the facades, build up the impression of changing, mysterious and someway indecipherable objects. The glass elements, alternating in different depths and ledges, draw patterns and three-dimensional warps.

The precise rigor of the design establishes a relationship of complementarity showing respect towards the existing historical presences.

East wing seen from the historical porch, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

East wing seen from the historical porch, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

The fast pace of vertical lines speaks a silent conversation with the seven-nineteenth-century facades; theories of line-balconies cite the beautiful Parisian railings; crystal elements reflect and multiply fronts and open spaces giving back the observer layered and particle images of a dream-like consistency.

By day, the buildings will absorb the skies and colors of Paris; At night, they will become amazing lanterns of soft light.

Exhibition in Paris, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

Exhibition in Paris, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

Italian excellence onstage!

The new wings of the Hôtel de Galliffet will be an expression of the millennial Italian excellence in glass and metal processing.

Italians imported the Middle East most ancient techniques for the production and processing of glass, as well as the invention of crystal and the techniques for the production of glass in sheets and slabs.

Exhibition in Paris, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

Exhibition in Paris, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

The same can be said regarding the production and processing of steel (according to forms and compositions forerunners of modern structural steels), of which the Romans were already extraordinary performers.

Exhibition in Paris, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

Exhibition in Paris, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini

The new buildings will stage this millennial Italian excellence by mixing it with the characters, colors and forms of expression of architecture in Paris. The result will be an interesting built blend, an urban scenario for which the cooperation between the two countries will take the form of an original and exciting public performance.

Model of the east wing, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini Architetti

Model of the east wing, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini Architetti

100% recyclable

The buildings, made with dry technology, will be entirely removable and reducible to their elementary components. The totality of structural and complementary elements in metal, internal partitions as well as all glass facade, can be reused if necessary. The constructions will be 100% recyclable.

General plan, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini Architetti

General plan, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini Architetti

Sections, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini Architetti

Sections, Image Courtesy © Tomas Ghisellini Architetti

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