Photographer's Note

Ministry of Culture
After the remarkable, unexpected and beautiful combination of the new extension of the Museum De Fundatie on the top of the former palace of Justice in Zwolle, today you can see the new enclosure of two old buildings with a new façade to put two buildings together to get one new.

You can find this fascinating façade just in the neighbourhood of the Louvre. It is the building of the “Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication”.

As usual you can find an overall picture of the building in the Workshop

Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – Paris
Construction year: 2006
Architect(s): Soler Francis | Druot Frederic
Address: 3 rue de Valois, PARIS, France
Latitude: 48.8634 - Longitude: 2.3379

The aim of Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication was to regroup on a single site all the services of the Ministry of Culture, previously dispersed over 17 different locations around the city. Architect Francis Soler resolved the major constraints -disparity in dates and indifferent architectural style of the two existing buildings- into elements of unity and identity. This unity is omnipresent in the internal space planning: the two buildings have been remodelled in their substance to require the obtained density, optimize work spaces and interconnect the different floor levels. The other unifying element is purely architectural. In the manner of Christo, Soler has wrapped the old buildings, walls and roof included, in a continuous organic-weave mesh of steel lace. Without entirely effacing underlying differences, this stainless-steel veil imparts continuity to the disparate volumes. It hangs like a loose net detached from the elevations, its appearance changing in phase with the sun, shadows, day and night. The elements of the cultures in the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.(website

SONY Model: NEX-6
Software: PaintShop Pro 19,00
Exposure Time: 1/200 sec
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 16 mm
Date Taken: 2014-04-29 10:26
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 6754 kb

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