While using Google Maps one day, the German-born French photographer Christoph Sillem espied a large circle outside of Paris. It turned out to be a road surrounding Eurodisney. Upon first-hand investigation, he discovered a Disney town modeled on the style of Baron Haussmann, the French urban planner who in the 1860s, Suzanne LaBarre writes, transformed Paris into the “fussy gilded museum” it is today.
Men of the American 7th Army pour through a breach in the Siegfried Line defenses, on their way to Karlsruhe, Germany on March 27, 1945, which lies on the road to Stuttgart. (AP Photo)
Ferrari 250 GTO at the Louis Vuitton Classic Serenissima Run. Photo by Thomas Quintin.
The red lake in the Camargue, southern France. The high concentration of salt in the form of salt flats turn the normally blue water a deep crimson shade. Photo by Russian photographer Sam Dobson.
The strawberry color is produced by salt-loving organism Dunaliella salina. They produce a red pigment that absorbs and uses the energy of sunlight to create more energy, turning the water pink.
IBM France Research Center, La Gaude, France, 1958-62, by Marcel Breuer & Associates.
Photo from the construction days of the Statue of Liberty sculpture in Paris, France. Credits goes to New York Public Library Archive for these nostalgic photos.
The Statue of Liberty is not only New York’s, it is also symbol of the freedom for the United States of America, for which it is designed by Frédéric Bartholdi. The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from the people of France.
La Fabrique, Nantes, France, by Tetrarc Architectes. Photo by Stéphane Chalmeau.
La Fabrique is a performing arts complex transformed from an unutilized industrial and shipyard area in nantes, france. Dedicated to contemporary and emerging music, the rehabilitated warehouses contain spaces to support musicians and artists in their methods of creation and discovery. The compound contains two auditoriums, 16 training and recording studios, offices, areas for digital experimentation and public gathering spaces. The program is divided amongst three separate entities which are interwoven with plazas for outdoor events and concerts.
More info about the project here.
Church Saint-Martin, Donges, France, by architect Jean Dorian, 1957. Corpus Christi-series by Fabrice Fouillet.
Alésia Museum and Archaeological Park, Burgundy, France, by Bernard Tschumi Architects.
The first building, part of a museum complex, is the new interpretive center on the site of the historic Battle of Alésia. Located in Burgundy, France, the building marks the position of the Roman army, under Julius Caesar, and its encampment surrounding the Gauls under Vercingetorix in 52 B.C.
Tschumi’s design features a cylindrical building with an exterior envelope made of wood, a material that references the Roman fortifications of the era, some of which are reconstructed in an area a short walk from the building. The roof of the building is planted with low shrubs and trees, so as to minimize the visual impact of the building when seen from the hill above (the historical position of the Gauls). The materiality and sustainable elements of the building are meant to make visitors aware of the surrounding landscape, which appears much as it would have 2000 years ago.
A second building on the hill will mark the location of the Gauls, and has a similar geometry but is clad in stone, evoking its trenched position. The interpretive center will contain exhibits and interactive displays that contextualize the events of the Battle of Alésia and its aftermath. The displays are intended to reach a broader audience than a museum, with a range of media and programs for all ages.
The scene that greeted Allied troops throughout France in the weeks and months after Normandy. By Frank Scherschel for Time & Life Pictures.
Eric Tabuchi photographed twentysix abandoned gasoline stations in France. He was inspired by “Twentysix Gasoline Stations” by Ed Ruscha, who travelled along Route 66 in the 60′s and made 26 photographs.