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).