(active 1700-1740 in Paris)

Exterior view

begun 1704
Hôtel de Soubise, Paris

In the first decades of the eighteenth century a shift occurred in focus from grandiose façades to the decoration of the interior. This is clearly demonstrated by the Hôtel de Soubise. While the garden frontage, begun in 1704 by Pierre Alexis Delamair (c. 1675-1745) was still modeled on Versailles, new avenues were being explored in the composition of the living quarters by Germain Boffrand (1667-1754), the gifted draftsman and interior architect who designed several apartments for the palace, interconnected with oval areas.

The photo shows the courtyard façade of the Hôtel de Soubise.

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