Paris-based Explorations Architecture have sent us these images of a temporary entrance-pavilion they have designed for the Chateau de Versailles in France.
The 350 square metre structure provides crowd regulation, a visitors' centre, security checks and cloakroom.
Building was completed this summer; the pavilion will remain in place until 2011.
Photographs by Michel Denancé.
The following text is from Explorations Architecture
TEMPORARY ENTRANCE PAVILION TO THE CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES
Etablissement public du musée et du domaine national de Versailles with VINCI (sponsor)
Competition November 2007
Completion July 2008
Expected demolition 2011
Budget and footage
1.8m euros (350m2)
Right in the middle of the Cour d’honneur du Château de Versailles
Temporary main entrance to the Château
Safety checks and cloakroom (your toothpaste will be confiscated…)
Approx. 15 000 visitors a day (summer season)
A modern horn of plenty with a big mouth and a small tail
Fushimi inari temples in Japan
Christo’s Central park Gates
All glass panes and portal frames are different.
Concrete slab and footings
Painted Steel portal frames
Laminated clear glass for facades and roof
Douglas timber brise soleil
Explorations architecture (Benoît le Thierry d’Ennequin+ Yves Pagès)
CBC service+ Eiffel + Satob + France Lanord et Bichaton + SDEL