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ISBN-13: 9783907631157

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This semi-hexagonal form which was repeated, high up, at the crowning of each window, showed firm lines without stiffness. With the ceramics vases which decorated the front steps and the stuccomarble frieze which was located under the cornice, this Trianon of schoolchildren was brightened by a discrete polychromy. The pavilions built for other cities raised the very delicate question of regionalism in architecture. Undoubtedly the walls were the same, though the same roofs are not suitable for different terrains or different climates like the ones of Brittany, Alsace, Picardy, or Provence.

On the right bank of the Seine, let us mention the Fontanis pavilion, a closed temple dedicated to the perfumes created by Eric Bagge, the Corcellet-Morancé pavilion, a sort of “little house” where Marrast had skilfully arranged pleasant viewpoints, the Renaissance pavilion, a small building of pleasing sobriety, like a park gazebo designed by Guillaume Tronchet. The latter was also the architect of the Postes et Télégraphes pavilion and the pavilion of the Royal Asturian Mining Company. The former was notable for its great size.

Hence, the towers of Charles Plumet were created, evidently, out of a decorative need. By assigning them as restaurants where one could enjoy the products of four provinces of France, the architect was not unaware that he was exposing himself to criticism for having exalted culinary art in an exhibition dedicated to decorative art in the most important buildings in the ensemble. But he remembered the attraction of American restaurants located on the upper floors of a skyscraper. What to place in these lookouts, if not a place for weary visitors to rest, allowing them to associate the delights of the table with the sight of an urban landscape?

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