A Mock - up at la Défense, Paris

After the competition of The Great Arch, a discussion started in Paris on how the future cube building would appear when viewed from the Arch of Carrousel through the opening of the Triumphal Arch of l’Etoile, and in August Erik Reitzel was appointed to design a mock- up in scale 1 : 1.

A model of a section of the upper cube plateau was formed as a lattice work, clad with marble painted plywood. This mock- up was raised to a height of 110 metres by one of the highest mobile cranes in Europe ( about 160 metres).