Thursday, December 18, 2008

Petit Trianon

The most popular blog post I ever wrote were my 2 postings on the Petit Trianon (see them here and here). While famous, very little information is out there about this little neoclassical gem which was the last haven of Marie Antoinette (a new photography book called Marie Antointte and the last garden of Versailles by Duvernois and Halard is out but I haven't seen it yet). I must get at least an email or two per week asking for scans of the floor plans and elevations from my rare book from 1913 which includes all the drawings imaginable and I am happy to share!
However, rarely do I hear back from these recipients. Last week I heard from Maria Vassiliou, Dan Smith, Isabelle Meadows and Gina Bayliss from Nottingham Trent University, UK who had constructed a fast model of the exterior of the Petit Trianon.
I was so happy to see the final product! They created a pretty detailed model of the small chateau out of Chipboard (oh the days of architecture school models...I remember them well!). One of the reasons I started blogging were these connections with other design-minded inviduals. I hope you all enjoy seeing their product as much as I do!

11 comments:

pve design said...

Oh you are clever. I love that model and having visited there last summer, it is forever etched in my memory.

Kwana said...

The small model is great. Thanks for showing us and thanks for the links to your old posts. So interesting and wonderful. It let my imagination roam this morning.

columnist said...

Architectural models are great, and one of this, a beauty. I recall my history and the readings of Le Petit Trianon; certainly another age of excess, which I hope wont end in the same way as that one. ("Off with their heads" etc!)

franki durbin said...

Well look at that, a chateau just my size! No, not the model but the actual Petit Trianon itself. It's begging me to move in!

Those scale models are fabulous, by the way. I love the attention to detail - although I'm sure when tasked with making them the detail is the bane of one's existence. Still, lovely to look at!

DC David said...

Was thinking the same thing - takes me back to the days of all nighters in Architecture School making models.

willow said...

Beautiful model. Such great detail.

Cote de Texas said...

unbelievable! what history!!!! i'm going to study the floor plans, I hadn't seen those before.

btw - you will love the book.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Now what you must do is find a client who understands the Trianon floor plans and would like to reproduce the house. In some fashion, cleaner, more modern, but an up-to-date Trianon, no?

ArchitectDesign said...

AAL, that would be a DREAM client! My firm does a lot of country french type residences but nothing of this caliber! I've been meaning to do a 'for fun' hypothetical project and blogging the process -that may just be the idea!

Linda Merrill said...

Wow, that model is really fun! I was at Versailles several years ago, but we didn't see the Petit Trianon. What a loss pour moi! Someday soon!

Anonymous said...

I too would appreciate higher res images from your book. You have really filled a void with these, and I and many others are much obliged. If you could, please send what images you can to dewey@deweyervin.com . Thanks for any help.