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La Seine Musicale

Sinuous rigueur in concert

Shigeru Ban Architects | Jean de Gastines Architectes

Europa | Parigi

Shigeru Ban is best-known for his experimental houses and lightweight structures, but after building Pompidou 2, he enlarged his practice and opened a second office in Paris. His latest achievement is La Seine Musicale, a complex that occupies one end of the Île Seguin, a narrow sliver of land in the river that is part of Boulogne-Billancourt, on the western boundary of the capital. Renault made cars there until 1992, when they closed their factory - the largest of its kind in France. The land was cleared and the tycoon François Pinault commissioned Tadao Andō to build a museum for his collection of contemporary art. Discouraged by local opposition to his plans, he abandoned the scheme and moved it to Venice, where Ando converted the Palazzo Grassi, and then the Dogana. To resolve a tangle of competing proposals, Jean Nouvel masterplanned the island as a linear axis of...

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