The invention of the european tower


The « European Tower », born at the beginning of the 20th century in the wake of America’s skyscrapers, has developed many specificities in order to find its place in Europe’s towns, which this exposition, and the accompanying book, recount, describe and analyse.

With more than 150 realisations and emblematic projects, the exposition retraces the history of the tower in Europe, lists and analyses its urban, spatial and technical qualities and characteristics, inviting us to discover how nine European metropolises approach the phenomenon in their present and future urban landscapes.

What projects does the future hold in Europe? How are towers built today? In what ways will they be more ecological tomorrow? How will they fit into our towns? Towers of offices, residences, or both? So many questions that must be asked to enlighten debates taking place in Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rotterdam and Vienna.

The scenography of the exposition takes us to the 30th floor of an imaginary tower. The landscapes of nine European towns of tomorrow is dramatically present, as in all towers which enjoy an exceptional situation. More than 300 documents, photos, plans, archives and documentary films, as well as 22 models of on-going projects and interactive terminals offering access to the first database of European towers, inform us step by step, image after image, on what makes the richness and the diversity of this architectural model, now a century young.”

AROUND THE EXHIBITION

GUIDED TOUR

SATURDAY THE 19th OF SEPTEMBER 2009 at 3pm
Free guided tours by the curators of the exhibition, Ingrid Taillandier, architect, professor and Olivier Namias, architect, journalist.
Free registration within the limits of available places : 01 42 76 33 97 or by mail infopa@pavillon-arsenal.com

LECTURE

IAN SIMPSON, architect
Beethamtower, Manchester, United Kingdom, 2007
Within the framework of the «1 architecte 1 building» lecture cycle
On Tuesday the 30th of June 2009 at 7pm at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Free entrance

THE HEIGHT, AN REVISITED HERITAGE
Debate organized within the framework European Heritage Days and of the « Current issue » lecture cycle
On Friday the 18th of September 2009 at 7pm at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Free entrance

DOMINIQUE PERRAULT, architect
Hôtel me Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2008
On Thursday the 24th of September 2009 at 7pm at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Free entrance

STEIDLE ARCHITEKTEN, JOHANNES ERNST, architect
TowerParkPlaza, Munich, Germany, 2002
Within the framework of the «1 architect 1 building» lecture cycle
On Thursday the 1st of October 2009 at 7pm at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Free entrance

BUILDING VISITS

TUESDAY THE 25TH OF JUNE 2009 at 1pm
FRANKLIN TOWER, MONTREUIL
Architect : Hubert & Roy architectes
Builder : CEREP France B
Guided tour by Michel Roy, architect
Free registration within the limits of available places : 01 42 76 33 97 or by mail : infopa@pavillon-arsenal.com

TUESDAY THE 9TH OF JULY 2009, at 1pm
BEAUGRENELLE AREA
Urban study : LLTR Architectes / Hyl Paysagiste
Studies commissioner : SemPariSeine
Free registration within the limits of available places : 01 42 76 33 97 or by mail : infopa@pavillon-arsenal.com

FRIDAY THE 18TH OF SEPTEMBER 2009 AT 3pm and 4pm
FIRST TOWER REHABILITATION BUILDING SITE, PARIS - LA DÉFENSE
Tour organized within the framework European Heritage Days
Architect : KPF –KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES
Associated architect : SRA – Saubot & Rouit Associés
Builder : Beacon ; Axa ; Cogedim
Projected delivery : 2011
Free registration within the limits of available places : 01 42 76 33 97 or by mail : infopa@pavillon-arsenal.com

 
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Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Exhibition Dates
14/5/2009 > 4/10/2009
Scientific Curator(s)
. INGRID TAILLANDIER, architect, professor and OLIVIER NAMIAS, architect, journalist with JEAN-FRANCOIS POUSSE, journalist
Scenographer(s)
. MANUELLE GAUTRAND ARCHITECTURE


avec le soutien de Easy company


Graphic design
Sylvain ENGUEHARD




A book was published to accompany this exhibition.









© Philippe Ruault







© Jean-Marie Monthiers


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