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Elefantasia
Charles-Fran├žois Ribart

An air-conditioned landscape-within-architecture-within-landscape architecture-monument-landscape as proposed by the engineer Charles-Fran├žois Ribart for the site where the Arc de Triomphe now stands in Paris. I personally prefer Ribart's. Where else can you now dine in a forest in the underbelly of an elephant? The mad modern Parisian traffic might be circling outside, but inside you're refreshed and calm, cooled down by an elaborate internal pachyderm hydrology.


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5 COMMENTS —
  • Anonymous
  • March 3, 2006 at 7:58:00 AM CST
  • Evokes memory of the Coney Island, Luna Park Elephant Hotel.

    And the Moulin Rouge, Paris. (wonder if this is the same design)


  • bluewyvern
  • March 3, 2006 at 8:15:00 AM CST
  • That's wonderful. It is like the Moulin Rouge elephant, but about a hundred times better.


  • Vicki Sullivan
  • March 3, 2006 at 11:55:00 AM CST
  • the answer is: you can dine in a forest in the underbelly of an elephant anywhere you can find an elephant in a forest. That is if you live in the underbelly of an elephant. anymore riddles? your blog is boss! thanks.


  • highfivehq
  • November 17, 2010 at 5:16:00 PM CST
  • The swedish version - not as fancy setting, but still... big...

    http://www.stoorn.se/_eng/index.html


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