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Les DIFFERENTS PROJETS :


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       From 1963 to 1965, numerous sketches of the future lakeside town followed one another on the architect's table... We have already seen some of them on the previous page. Here are some others:

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First DRAFT :


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Here is the Sketch of one of the very first drafts in 1962.

1st draft :



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First pencil stroke in 1963...

1ere esquisse de la cité lacustre
...and first representation of the project

2ème esquisse
Second draft in 1965...
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Hesitations :


       As the project developed, a crucial question arose: Open on the Giscle or on the sea? He hesitated, drew several projects. But nothing was final!

Sortie sur la Giscle
Giscle exit ... or sea exit
Sortie sur la mer

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       " The construction method chosen allows us to play with the slope of the roofs, the composition of the façades, their orientation, the barely perceptible curves that give the sun the possibility of brushing against the wall, of "lighting it up"; these are details, often unforeseen by the walker, that give charm to a city. This architectural vocabulary has been modified and enriched from one slice to the next, just as a city building itself little by little would do... "
François SPOERRY

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BOAT GARAGES

       As François SPOERRY had imagined to build boat garages under the houses, the fishermen's houses were high on 4 levels without a quay.

Les garages a bateaux

       On the advice of his former teacher Eugène Beaudoin, architect of the National Palaces, the creator of the lakeside town redesigned other projects by placing the church in the centre of the village and opening onto a vast expanse of water. Similarly, the exit through a narrow canal of about 15m tended to close the town, giving it a too 'medieval' appearance.
       ( A page of this history is dedicated to these covered embarkations.... )


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The projects :


- Preliminary design of the future lake city

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- Drawn in 1962.

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- Sketch of coastal development in 1963.

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- Sketch of coastal development in 1964.

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- General plan of the future lakeside town in April 1965.

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Forme 'Citadelle'

       As François SPOERRY had imagined to build boat garages under the houses, the fishermen's houses were high on 4 levels without a quay.

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       The form of a closed citadel, which was used in the first projects, such as those above, was not retained.
       François Spoerry explained it as follows: "Fortunately, we gave up this provision in the form of a citadel closed in on itself because we would probably have encountered the worst difficulties, especially with regard to the mixing and renewal of the water.".


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Batardeau :


       On several projects, the central water body is protected by a "cofferdam", a dam that can open or close, protecting the city from possible rising water levels! On the drawing below, the cofferdam was composed of 2 gates like those of a lock. The canal had to be narrow as in the 'citadel' projects.

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       But an inland lake was finally retained, making these cofferdams an illusion...
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Other original drawing of the architect :




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Autre ébauche datant de 1965.

Autre projet de Port Grimaud
We are very far from the final overall plan!

Whatever the sketch made, the Church Square remains the central element around which the different islets of the future lake city are organised.




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  THE WORK of François SPOERRY...




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