Sep 7, 2010

The Geode

I was exciting to go to Parc de la Vilette. Located at 211, avenue Jean Jaurès, 19 th arrondissement. Designed by architect Bernard Tschumi. It’s a huge modern park in Paris, 55 hectares. Among the 35 hectares of "green space" are 7 hectares of lawn.Parc de la Villette receives more than 10 million visitors per year.

At the main entrance to Parc de la Villette is the Fontaine aux Lions that was created in 1811. It sits in front of the old tallow melting warehouse, built in 1867, what is now the Maison de la Villette, an Exposition Hall covering 1,130 square meters. There is an area of several carousels providing a very festive atmosphere on the opposite end of the Maison de la Villette from the Fountain of Lions.

The Geode

Enjoying The Geode, it’s very amazing modern idea. Designed by Adrien Fainsilber and Gérard Chamayou. The dome is 36m in diameter and is composed of nearly 6,500 reflective stainless steel triangles. None of the triangles touches its neighbor, which allows for expansion of the metal due to solar heating. The dome houses an IMAX theater, a hemispherical movie screen of 1,000 square meters and shows films of nature and science specifically made for such a screen.

Cité de la Musique

Cité de la Musique (the City of Music), created by architect Christian de Portzamparc. It’s a museum of music includes an auditorium, a resource center and a media library of music and dance.

Walking to Zenith which also in the Parc de la Vilette. It’s a nightclub offering musical concerts. It was designed by Philippe Chaix and Jean-Paul Morel

The Zenith

There are many garden with different themes in the Parc de la Vilette. It contains 10 theme gardens including Le Jardin des Miroirs (Garden of Mirrors), contains 28 standing mirrors set among woodland pines and maple trees. Le Jardin des Dunes (Garden of Dunes) offers a rolling landscape, pedal windmills and air-cushioned areas for children to expend lots of energy. It’s energizing garden. Le Jardin de la Treille (Garden of Trellises) that has 8 terraces of climbing vines with 90 bubbling fountains among them. I saw 7 bronze sculptures that was created by Jean-Maw Albert. Le Jardin des Bambous (Garden of Bamboo) has 6 meters below the rest of the Parc de la Villette. There are several walkways that I found different views into this forest of bamboo, as well as a trail that winds through the garden below. I heard the sound of falling water from a vertical, cylindrical water fountain that was created by Bernhard Leitner. Le Jardin des Voltiges(Garden of Movement) is a play-area with different kinds of moving apparatus. Le Jardin des Isles (Garden of Islands), has a black and white marbled path which winds through oak trees, conifers and pines.

Le Jardin des Dunes

Le Jardin des Frayeurs Enfantines( Garden of Childhood Fears) has a walkway broadcasting eerie music as one crosses a forest of blue spruce and silver birch trees. Le Jardin des Equilibres (Garden of Balance) has metallic kites hovering like giant birds within the vegetation. Le Jardin du Dragon (Garden of the Dragon) is a giant, 80 meter long climbing apparatus in the shape of a dragon with a long slide extending from its mouth. Le Jardin des Ombres (Garden of Shadows), is an array of black and white tileshe park is divided by the Orucq canal. Boat rides on the canal are available. One of the more unusual features in this park is the Argonaut, a submarine, open to the public. The Argonaut has been around the world 10 times. In 1989, it made its last voyage up the Orucq canal and anchored its 400 tons in the Parc de la Villette

Canal de l'Orucq

What a huge and amazing parc in Europe!

Station on Paris metro: Porte de la Vilette, Porte de Pantin