The final parquet of Fontajau is almost installed

After a couple of temporary installations, one in February and the other in August, Fontajau is about to release the final parquet that will replace the one that was damaged a year ago due to the storm Gloria. The workers are taking advantage of these days to complete the preparations so that the work, which has cost 135,000 euros, can be premiered tomorrow taking advantage of the match between Uni and La Laguna (19.30).


The Grand Palais (ephemeral) settles at the foot of the Eiffel Tower

We are far from the “Iron Palace”, a rectangle of metal and glass measuring 700 x 340 meters, erected on the Champ-de-Mars, in Paris, by Léopold Hardy for the Universal Exhibition of 1878. But the temporary structure in wood and plastic, whose construction began on Wednesday July 15 in front of the Military School, is still 145 meters long and 130 wide, or 10,000 m2.

Culminating at 20 meters in height, that is to say 16 less than the dome of the Military School, its curved frame should accommodate, from January, if sanitary conditions allow it, the exhibitions and other events of the Grand Palais, the time for the latter to get a makeover, before the 2024 Olympics.

The Grand Palais (ephemeral) settles at the foot of the Eiffel Tower

Each year, an additional structure will be added from time to time to the main structure in order to provide FIAC and Paris Photo with an area of ​​approximately 18,000 m2.

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Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, the monument had not been restored since, with the exception of the 240 meters of the Nave in the early 2000s, the South-East Gallery and the Salon d’Honneur in 2011- 2012. Constantly postponed for financial reasons, this grooming was becoming imperative, but proved to be extremely costly.

40 millions

Intended to bring the building up to standard, increase the size of the Nave and restore its unity with the neighboring Discovery Palace, this pharaonic site had an estimated budget in 2018 at 466 million euros over five years. ” Neither the calendar nor the budget are in question. We will keep our commitments both on thescope of the cultural project than on its cost », Says Chris Dercon, president of the RMN-Grand Palais, at the Figaro. The daily says, however, that adjustments have been made, the planned rooftop restaurant having borne the brunt.

The erection of the ephemeral Grand Palais is less expensive, but its cost still amounts to 40 million euros. A budget that includes the construction, technical operation and maintenance of the building for 4 years, as well as its dismantling. Everything is financed by rental income received by the public establishment as well as by the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, the judo and wrestling events of the 2024 Olympics to be held there.

« Hangar »

The modular structure is designed to be assembled quickly from complete sections pre-assembled in the workshop. Designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, a regular there since he built the Russian cathedral not far from there, the building is protected by a double skin whose thermal and acoustic virtues the architect praises. This should reduce noise pollution in the neighborhood.

The Grand Palais (ephemeral) settles at the foot of the Eiffel Tower

Because the announcement of this temporary building aroused the indignation of some residents in 2018, who then denounced, in The Parisian, « illegal occupation of a natural area classified as a Unesco heritage ». « When you’ve bought an expensive apartment on Champ-de-Mars, you don’t want to have a shed under your windows. If it is not dismantled when due, I will do it myself », Stormed Rachida Dati in Point last February.

The RMN-Grand Palais and the organizing committee for the Paris Olympics in 2024 ensure that they have started a dialogue with residents and intend to continue it throughout the life of this ephemeral architecture.


Battle of the “gentle compatriots”: Citroen is preparing a competitor for Renault Kaptur

“What kind of freaks did you do?”, Users are interested.

On the eve it became known that Citroen is preparing a competitor for the Renault Kaptur – the C3L cross-sedan. And so, it would seem, the “Chinese” often compete, and here the battle of “gentle compatriots” turned out.

However, Citroen developers have not in vain chugged over the creation of the C3L cross-sedan, since it is in reality may be better Renault Kaptur 2020 model year, which can be bought on the Russian market for 1,000,000 – 1,426,000 rubles.

In turn, the novelty from Citroen will cost 15 thousand more than its soplatform competitor. Experts suggest that the price of the C3L may exceed the cost of the C3 Aircross – 1394000 – 1740000 rubles, but this is not accurate.

Under the hood of a cross sedan a non-alternative 1.2-liter turbo engine with a capacity of 116 horsepower will be installed, as well as a 1.6-liter aspirated engine with a capacity of 117 horses. It is worth noting that the power units will be paired with a 6-speed robotic and 5-speed manual gearboxes.

If you recall about equipment of Renault Kaptura, then it is equipped with a basic 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine and a modified 100-horsepower “litrushka”. Moreover, under the hood of the Renault Kaptur, a 1.5-liter “diesel” for 95 and 115 “horses” can be installed, which indicates the vastness of the choice.

All this casts doubt the capabilities of the new Citroen C3L, because even the Kaptur’s equipment has everything that they plan to include in the cross-sedan. Yes, and the Renault Kaptur clearance is 204 millimeters, and the future Citroen C3L is only 180.

The only drawback of the “horny” crossover is the size. The length of the Kaptura is 4228 millimeters, and the length of the Citroen C3L is up to 4.5 meters due to the new overall trunk.