La Grande Arche
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Architect Johann Otto von Spreckelsen
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Location Paris, France   map
Date 1982 to 1990   timeline
Building Type skyscraper, government office tower
 Construction System marble cladding
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Plan fills a 100 meter square with a tremendous squared arch, rising 110m. Fabric canopy and transparent tube elevator under the huge square arch. Completed by Paul Andreau.


View from southeast

View from southeast

Lower half, from southeast



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On the Place de la Defense, where it is the pre-eminent landmark, and distantly on axis with the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees.

Sources on La Grande Arche

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior photo, p410. — Available at

"Tete Defense", Arkitektur DK, January/February 1990, Volume 34 Number 1. Color photo of plateau with the elevator towers to the left and the Crater to the right, p64. Color photo of detail of elevator tower, p63. Color photo of exterior, p49. Color photo of exterior, p72-73. Photo begins on right side of p72 and continues onto p73. photo of exterior, p75.

Alene Stickles, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, June 1993. PCD.2365.1012.0634.035. PCD.2365.1012.0634.036, External elevators. PCD.2365.1012.0634.037, Detail of canopy. PCD.2365.1012.0634.038, Facade detail. PCD.2365.1012.0634.039, view toward Paris from La Grande Arche. PCD.2365.1012.0634.040. PCD.2365.1012.0634.042. PCD.2365.1012.0634.043.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about La Grande Arche


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