Window Onto An Uncertain Future

La Grande Arche de la Défense, Parisdescribed by its Danish architectural designer Johan-Otto Von Spreckelsen (May 4, 1929—March 16, 1987), as a ‘window on to an uncertain future’, marks without closing, the access on which the Arc de Triomphe sits in the heart of Paris.

The focal point of La De Fence, this impressive structural design was picked out of 424 competition entries in 1982.

La Grande Arche an impressive landmark for La De Fence, Paris, is always worth a second look.

La Grande Arche an impressive landmark for La De Fence, Paris, is always worth a second look.

The building weighs 300,000 tons, is a 100-meter square cube with a 70-meter square opening. It is completely flat and cladded in white marble and glass. At it center is a canvas structure, tied into the building by steel cables, providing a central focus and space within a space.

An escalator leading up from under the suspended public area gives the visitor an aura inspiring view.

An escalator leading up from under the suspended public area gives the visitor an aura inspiring view.

See more pics here