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Offline Soane

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Re: French Royal Palaces (except Versailles)
« Reply #75 on: August 29, 2009, 05:25:24 AM »
Yes, it would be impossible to recreate the Tuilleries with it looking  like something from Disney.

Speaking of 'something from Disney', I was shocked to discover that in the suburbs of Beijing, the Chinese multi-millionaire Zhang Yuchen has built a copy of the Château Maison-Laffitte (now called the Château de Maisons), which contains a hotel and seminar center opened in 2004. It is called Zhang-Laffitte and also features two additional wings apparently modelled on examples at Fontainebleau. I say 'copy' - it is in fact a rather bad pastiche of the original building, which is without doubt the most beautiful 17th-century building in France (completed c.1657 by Francois Mansart).
It frustrates me that people feel the need to copy existing buildings - which displays not only a complete lack of creativity, but a certain lack of respect for the building being copied - and even then have the audacity to do it badly. Please Google this building (both the copy and original) just to see what a monstrosity the former is and what a delight the latter is.
For those who, like me, live in England, I also harbour the same hatred for mock-Georgian and mock-Tudor houses. They must all be demolished.
Sorry for the rant.

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Re: French Royal Palaces (except Versailles)
« Reply #76 on: September 22, 2009, 08:20:38 PM »
any floor plans? 
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Re: French Royal Palaces (except Versailles)
« Reply #77 on: October 24, 2009, 02:03:22 AM »
I would recommand that you adress yourself to the Musée de l'île de France in Sceaux. I saw there the most adequat painting of the interior permanent collection best regards.

Also see some preview here http://www.congregation-stv.org/UserFiles/File/chateauhistoire.pdf
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Re: French Royal Palaces (except Versailles)
« Reply #78 on: December 08, 2009, 07:06:43 PM »
I do not think that if the French rebuild the Tuileries it will be Disney-like.  I think the French, like the Germans rebuilding the Palace in Berlin, will do an excellent job of it.  I think it is quite feasible if they can get the money together.  They have very detailed plans of the Tuileries and will be able to rebuild it just about exactly the way it was.  It will be a great addition to the Louvre as well as Paris as it has formed a central part of the city and the French history.

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« Reply #79 on: March 19, 2010, 06:46:14 AM »
Speaking of 'something from Disney', I was shocked to discover that in the suburbs of Beijing, the Chinese multi-millionaire Zhang Yuchen has built a copy of the Château Maison-Laffitte (now called the Château de Maisons), which contains a hotel and seminar center opened in 2004. It is called Zhang-Laffitte and also features two additional wings apparently modelled on examples at Fontainebleau. I say 'copy' - it is in fact a rather bad pastiche of the original building, which is without doubt the most beautiful 17th-century building in France (completed c.1657 by Francois Mansart).

I think it's the ultimate honour for an architect if people want to copy his design. But I agree it's rather bad taste to copy a design wholesale, i.e. building an exact replica.  That's why I think the Zhang-Laffitte is not such a bad concept: It's a tribute to the original, but the white plaster (I presume it's plasterwork on bricks) is such an original take on a French château. Although white plastering is common on Danish castles (and on regular houses in certain regions in Western France), I've never seen it on a French-inspired castle.

I think it's more beautiful than many elements of the Second Empire style. E. g. I find the square dome on the Tuileries quite ugly.

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The Louvre
« Reply #80 on: March 08, 2013, 04:23:53 PM »

 A magnificent building situated on the banks of the Seine.... once a Palace for the French Monarchy
now a world famous  Art Gallery and Museum....
http://celebheaven.freepowerboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=82&t=2146&p=6359#p6359




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