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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Innovative Architecture
Time-tested taste Time is the ultimate test, judging every style of arts and fashion with the most accurate justice and fairness. Some movements become a laughing matter in a few years, others keep their stature for centuries... French classical architecture is of the latter ilk. TEXT: HARUN OSMANOvIC | PHOTOS: PARIS CLASSIC ARCHITECTURE
In the centre of Moscow, earlier this year, a new mansion was inaugurated, a mansion which might deceive tourists into believing they have suddenly travelled to Paris by only crossing the hundred yards from the Kremlin to Arbat street. The mansion is the work of Dominique Hertenberger, a 73 year old architect, the oldest and most seasoned in his profession in Paris, and owner of one of the few design houses in the world specialising in, as its name suggests, Paris Classical Architecture. “Classical architecture is all about proportion, balance, and visual harmony. It is at the same time very elegant and yet humble. The great value of French classical architecture doesn’t come from rich ornaments or surprising shapes, but it is always enjoyable to look at,” says Dominique Hertenberger.
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A Parisian born and bred, he graduated from the most distinguished fine arts school in the French capital – l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. It was during his studies that he developed a liking for the classical architectural style of Paris. Today, with more than forty-five years of experience in both modern and classical architectural design, he has put his name on many projects in the historic parts of the city, from rehabilitation of older buildings to the development of large housing complexes. Hertenberger has quickly become well-known for his commitment to classical architecture and his name is associated with it. “Architecture is the expression of needs and functions,” says Raymond Loïc Chan, technical director of the design house, “it is a way to find answers, through human enterprise, to our local constraints, each
architect being inspired by his or her culture with an ideal of timelessness throughout the centuries.” Every generation is faced with new challenges, and styles evolve; this is why Hertenberger and the Paris Classical Architecture agency put their expertise in the timeless in order to create the architecture of today, with a strong emphasis on comfort and the sensibilities of our era. Hertenberger's team has worked on various projects from single mansions to grandiloquent and ambitious ones all over the globe. “When they visit Paris, one of the things that strikes people most is the architecture, a clear vintage aspect and yet an indefinable modernity, an elegance that will never go out of fashion,” he says, “and this is why so many people ask for our services.”
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