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Peinture murale. Jardin parisien  ©PJ


Clients: The Sorbonne. Architects: Les Marneurs and Marc Hymans

Researchers' room, Sainte-Geneviève Library, Paris (75)

Panoramic decor. Dimensions: 20m²

Silicate paint

The "Parisian Garden" project is part of the renovation of a modern wing of the legendary Sainte-Geneviève Library, a 19th century historic monument designed by Henri Labrouste, located in the Latin Quarter in Paris. It was born out of a desire on the part of the architects of the project to clad the main walls of the new researcher room, which has no view of the outside. The objective was to offer a cocoon conducive to study while limiting the effect of closure on the outside and giving light.

The reference to the vegetal paintings that adorn the walls of the entrance hall, made by the painter Alexandre Desgoffe, inspired a panoramic decor of 12 trompe l'oeil bays opening onto an outdoor landscape. The choice of graphic and contemporary language is assumed in contrast with the historical ornaments of the place. The fictitious panorama, which offers a view overlooking Paris from the heights of the Sainte-Geneviève mountain, is built on three successive plans:

- the background which draws the skyline of the capital;

- an intermediate plan punctuated by remarkable monuments and buildings located around the Library (such as Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, the Sorbonne Observatory or the Notre-Dame-du-Mont church);

- finally a foreground creating a plant filter composed of local tree species (such as poplars, plane trees or ash trees) and inhabited by birds (local avifauna: bullfinches, tree sparrows, little owls, melodious linnets and others) .

With the collaboration for the production of: Oriane Vizier and Luc Hakenholz, decorative painters

Jardin parisien ©PJ
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