Pavillon de Sevres

Pavillon de Sevres by night
‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes’, Paris 1925
Designers: Pierre Patout, Henri Rapin and André Ventre 
Copyright: RIBA Library Books and Periodicals Collection

“The whole place is fairer at night for night, like the trees, hides and unifies. The illumination is done well, throwing up simple and impressive masses where daylight would reveal a cheap ornament or a thoughtless moulding.”

Hubert de Cronin Hastings, ‘Architectural Review’, July 1925

Night-time illumination was a very important feature of the exposition, designed to create a sense of spectacle and contribute to its dream-like quality. The Pont Alexandre III was also transformed at night by coloured lighting, as well as a series of hidden pipes through which water poured from both sides, creating the illusion of a waterfall. Major monuments visible in the distance were illuminated to create a further scenographic effect, with the Eiffel Tower transformed into a giant Citroën advertisement. 

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