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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.

POSTSCRIPT #1: For a much larger and color version of the image, go here.

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  • 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)

  • Jess Haskins
  • 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.

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

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