Crossing Maréchal Lyautey- Jean Pain-Bistesi
From right to left
A building with apartments and offices built in the 70s in a style often found in Grenoble.
The "Bibliothèque Municipale", Avenue Maréchal Lyautey was built as the University library and became city library when the former moved to the campus in the middle of the 60s. I had to make extensive research to learn when I was built but finally got it. The architect was Jean Benoit and it was built in 1950.
The Telephone building built in the early 50s with the last level added in the 70s in a different style.
The Place Paul Mistral apartment buildings, built in the late 50s-early 60s
Tour Perret, in the Parc Paul Mistral
Auguste Perret was born in Ixelles, Belgium in 1874. The son of a prosperous builder, Perret entered the ?cole des Beaux Arts in 1891 but never officially graduated because it would have negated his ability to work as a contractor. Auguste Perret and his brother, Gustave, inherited their father's building company and began experimenting with reinforced concrete. For their first project, they created the first multistory concrete building by utilizing reinforced concrete. The pair quickly established themselves as specialists in concrete design. Perret created an architecture that effectively blended modern theories with Gothic forms. In contrast to most modern theorists, Perret showed a concern for detail and texture. He established a connection between natural forms, classical symmetry and order, and the structural system of concrete. Although Perret viewed concrete as a superior form of construction to masonry, he viewed each element separately. He did not use concrete to form a structural whole in the way suggested by Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius.
Maison de la Culture, Concrete sculpture, M Pan
Maison de la Culture, Concrete sculpture, Marta Pan, 1967
Located on the terrace of the Maison de la culture, close to the main entry, this sculpture indicates the access and the meaning of the building. Two identical interwoven elements form an ovoid sculpture. They are immobilized in a side movement of slip. This work falls under the series of the sculptures with hinges.
The fundamental components of the sculptural thought of Marta Pan are found in this work. The movement is expressed in the duration and marks a separation. The two independent elements find their true direction in the bringing together; the duality is represented in a relation of complementarity. Lastly, this work falls under the architectural space of the House of the Culture and finds here a social vocation; if it evokes a union in love quite naturally, it indicates in a metaphorical way the function of reception and communion of the House of the Culture. The beauty comes from the sublimated forms and nudity.
Winter in the Alps
Luggage with wheels! Re-inforced wheels, because the roads are cobbled. Bring as light of things as you can, clothes, sport equipment, etc. You'll usually have to walk a little bit and use the public transport to get around, so hauling a bunch of heavy bags across the tram tracks could be difficult, and dangerous! flat, warm, boots. dressy, warm boots. dressy black shoes. ski jacket. warm dressy jacket. dark pants, dark sweaters, warm scarves that will wrap around your neck more than once. flexible gloves. straight-leg jeans, turtlenecks, dressy jackets. warm pajamas. aspirin, contact solution, cold/flu syrup. digital camera snow board, skii's, snow shoes one large, black shouldar bag for women, and one dark, soft, breifcase for men.
Château de Vizille and Musée de la Révolution
Close to Grenoble and the Massif de l'Oisans, on the famous "Route Napoléon", the "Domaine départemental de Vizille" gathers on the same location a prestigious natural and cultural patrimony : the castle, its gardens, the French Revolution museum and the animals park.
In 1984, the French Revolution museum opened. It reminds not only how the French Revolution began here in 1788 and spread in 1789 to Paris and the whole country but also it shows all the cultural, social and political changes that occurred at the end of the XVIIIth century all over Europe. The library owns more than 20,000 books than can be used by researchers, students and anybody interested in the history of that dramatic and exciting period.
B.P. 1753 - 38220 Vizille
Tél : 04.76.68.07.35. - Fax : 04.76.68.08.53.
Opening of the park (free) :
Every day except Tuesdays and the 1st of May.
March through May and September through October : 9h-19h
June through August : 9h-20h.
November through February : 10h-17h.
Museum and castle :
Every day except Tuesdays, the 1st of May Christmas and New Year's day..
April through October : 10h-17h
November through March : 10h-17h