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07/08/2008

La Grande Arche de la Fraternité, France


These are three photos of the Grande Arche de la Fraternité, usually known as the Arche de la Défense or simply as La Grande Arche, a monument in the business district of La Défense to the west of Paris.
An international design competition was launched at the initiative of French president Mitterrand. Danish architect Johann Otto von Spreckelsen (1929–1987) designed the winning entry to be a 20th century version of the Arc de Triomphe: a monument to humanity and humanitarian ideals rather than military victories. The construction of the monument, which was undertaken, began in 1982. After Spreckelsen's death in 1987, his associate, French architect Paul Andreu, completed the work in 1989/90. (the nearly-completed Arche was inaugurated in July 1989, with grand military parades that marked the bicentenary of the French revolution).
The Arche is almost a perfect cube (width: 108m, height: 110m, depth: 112m; it has been suggested that the structure looks like a four-dimensional hypercube
(a tesseract) projected onto the three-dimensional world). It has a prestressed concrete frame covered with glass and Carrara marble from Italy.

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