A building in movement: Fondation Galeries Lafayette in Paris
The mechanical construction, consisting of two large and two small platforms set above each other, not only creates additional exhibition areas. It allows a three-dimensional exploitation of the entire volume of the courtyard. The architects developed a system of balustrade modules, consisting of metal gratings that can be inserted in the edges of the floors. When these are fastened in position, a magnetic lock establishes an electrical contact, so that the safety of all balustrades can be controlled by a central alarm system.
The courtyard is accessible from two sides – via the main entrance and via a rear passage that extends across the entire block. To achieve a maximum spatial effect in this small space, the panes of glass to the tower are up to 6.70 m high and 2.40 m wide without intermediate posts.
Further article about the Fondation Galeries Lafayette.