Claude Parent

Carré Silvia Monfort, Parc Georges Brassens, Paris, 1974-1991

This theater, known as the Carré Silvia Monfort (1 565 m²), commissioned by the city of Paris, stands inside Georges Brassens Park (15th arrondissement), embedded six meters below the rue Brancion and adjacent to a small renovated building of the Parks and Gardens Department. The theater was named after the famous actress, stage and theater director (1923-1991) whom Claude Parent had met on several occasions throughout his career, notably when he designed the decors for the Nights of Burgundy Festival. From the initial sketches to the finalized plans, this project – which is one of the architect’s last projects, along with the Regional Building in Marseille (1987-1991) and the Lillebonne Town Hall (1993-1998) – can be placed in its full historical context thanks to the collections of the FRAC Centre. The traditional program comprises a theater with 415 seats and the usual related spaces (backstage technical areas, green room and dressing rooms, entrance foyer, ticket window and restaurant). The theater itself is shaped like the frustum of a hexagonal pyramid. The metallic framework is lacquered in gray and white. A thin, red metallic ribbon enhances the overall effect of movement in the whole. According to the architect, this form was chosen: “so that the theater could emerge from above the ramp and the Parks and Gardens building. Without it, the building would have been left without any identifying feature and the theater would have looked like an ordinary ‘garden shed’.” Claude Parent seldom utilized this shape, which is also a reference to the ritual and archaic essence of theater, except in this project and the one for the Trièdre des prières in 1980 (spiritual center on Mount Sinai, unbuilt), despite the fact it originates in the coiled forms the architect had been sketching since 1967 on the fringes of the Oblique Function.

Audrey Jeanroy

Théâtre Silvia Monfort, Parc Georges Brassens, Paris

Coupe

Dessin

Encre sur calque

46.8 x 63.6 x

1991

009 24 06

Dessin
Crayon graphite sur calque
45 x 60
1988
009 24 09

Dessin
Crayon graphite sur papier
29.7 x 21
1974
997 63 31

Dessin
Tirage sur calque
61.5 x 88
1974-1989
997 63 10

Dessin
Encre sur calque
61.4 x 87.9
1974-1989
997 63 11

Dessin
Crayon graphite et correcteur blanc sur papier
29.7 x 42
1974-1989
997 63 32

Dessin
Encre, crayon graphite, crayon de couleur et correcteur blanc sur calque et sur papier
29.7 x 42
1974-1989
997 63 33

Dessin
Encre, crayon graphite, crayon de couleur et collage sur papier
29.7 x 42
1974-1989
997 63 34

Premières esquisses
Dessin
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50 x 65
1984
997 63 06

1
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50 x 65
1988
009 24 02

Le rideau rouge ou le manteau d'Arlequin
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
64.7 x 50
1988
009 24 04

Plan niveau +6.50
Dessin
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75.5 x 101.9
1988
997 01 247

Coupe 1 et 2
Dessin
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76.4 x 102.2
1988
997 02 247

Elévation sud et nord, APS, éch. 1/1000
Dessin
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76.5 x 103.5
1988
997 63 04

Elévation ouest et est, APS, éch. 1/100
Dessin
Tirage sur calque
76.5 x 104
1988
997 63 05

Dessin
Encre sur calque
29.5 x 72
1989
997 63 30

Coupe
Dessin
Encre sur calque
48.2 x 65.5
1991
009 24 03

Coupe
Dessin
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44.5 x 62
1991
009 24 05

Coupe
Dessin
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46.8 x 63.6
1991
009 24 06

Plan de masse
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47 x 56.8
1991
009 24 07

Dessin
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51.8 x 64
1991
009 24 08

Dessin
Crayon graphite sur calque
31.8 x 110
s. d.
008 34 01

Dessin
Tirage sur calque
45 x 60
s. d.
009 24 10

Dessin
Encre sur calque
61 x 87.5
s. d.
997 63 36

Coupe 1
Dessin
Encre sur calque
88 x 120
s. d.
997 63 37

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