Les Espaces d’Abraxas – The incredible urban monument in Noisy-le-Grand

The large complex of 600 apartments was designed by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura in 1978 and completed in 1982. It consists of three buildings: Le Palacio is the largest, followed by Le Théâtre to its west, and the smaller L’Arc between the other two.

Les Espaces d’Abraxas looks like a huge fortress / Image: memolands.com

The Palacio is a massive 18-storey neoclassical-inspired building with an orthogonal shape. The Theater is a more modest-looking building surrounding a square evoking the shapes of ancient theaters. The Arc is made up of two stairwells which meet on the 7th floor to form an arch. This arch is surrounded by the Palacio and the Theater.

Les Espaces d’Abraxas in the Paris suburb of Noisy-le-Grand is a postmodern living utopia stylistically based on antiquity. By virtue of this, the landmark building has become the symbol and reference point for a large part of the Marne Valley.

The facades are built of prefabricated sections, with stone, a mixture of sand, gray and white cement and oxides / Image: memolands.com
The Arc contains a smaller number of apartments / Image: memolands.com
The total area of the monumental building is about 47,000 sq.m / Image: memolands.com
The central space, in the form of a lawn-covered plaza enclosed by the surrounding buildings / Image: memolands.com
Mastery of concrete structures and of the system of prefabricated facades made it possible to use a highly complex architectural idiom / Image: memolands.com
Surfaces offer a range of color variations / Image: memolands.com

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