Parisian architects are often faced with the challenge of adhering to strict codes and regulations in order for the sparkling city of Paris to maintain it’s international image of being the world’s “City of Lights” and romance. One of these regulations includes a requirement for a stone façade in order for the building to retain the Parisian ideal put forth by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who was integral in creating the ideal during his great reconstruction of the city in the 1860s.

Architect Manuelle Gautrand recently dealt with these regulations in a brilliant and forward thinking way, creating a building façade near Paris’ popular Place Charles de Gaulle made of thinly cut marble slices mounted on triangular glass panes. The result, according to the FastCo Design article in which the building was featured, “presents a lively addition to a well mannered, static street front”. Check out more photos and read the entire article here.

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Category: Architecture