"Eiffel Tower" La Tour Eiffel Tip by jeoren
La Tour Eiffel, Paris: 603 reviews and 1,084 photos
"...the tower was the greatest affront not only to the architecture of Paris, but also to the eye of the Parisian, for whom its structural logic and revolutionary aesthetic language were incomprehensible.
"Essentially, the structure of the Eiffel Tower?which was a far-ranging extrapolation of Eiffel's spidery, wrought-iron bridge pylons?could not have been more simple: four immense, tapering, curved, lattice-girder piers that meet asymptotically. These piers rise from an immensely broad square base?125 meters on a side?and are laced together at two levels by connecting girders to form an integral unity of great stability..."
? Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p485.
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