So sue me, Louis, I like it

Matthew Hardy sends to TradArch a video flacking a newly constructed house, said to be the world’s most expensive new house, called Le Château Louis XIV. And it looks like Versailles. And it’s near Paris. And I like it. So sue me! I cannot sniff at whoever built it. The video, about four minutes or so, in French, displays a lovely place for someone with a lot of money. Go for it! Who are we to sniff at this? Is it a copy or an imitation?

To check it out, click on the video atop this post.

Here is a quote from a website called homesoftherich.net sent by Anthony James to assist those who want more still shots of the mansion:

I’m at a loss for words. This is without a doubt the most amazing estate to be built in the last 100 years … anywhere. Dubbed “Chateau Louis XIV”, this jaw-dropping castle-esque estate is located in France (coordinates 48.8499°N 2.1204°E) and started construction in October 2008 and finished in June 2011. It was designed by renowned French architect Pierre Bortolussi and built by Cogemad. It was modeled after Vaux-le-Vicomte and built around a moat. The grand interior features over 53,000 square feet of living space with extensive marble and gold leaf throughout. Rooms include a grand foyer with marble staircase, amazing 50 foot high grand salon, gourmet kitchen, multiple reception rooms, home theater, wine cellar, indoor racquetball court, indoor swimming pool with spa, steam room and sauna, massage room, ball room, nightclub, lounge areas made of glass with views of the fish and much more. The rear of the home features a grand terrace with double staircase leading to a swimming pool. The grounds feature spectacular formal gardens, fountains, a stable and more.

(Not sure what is meant by “built around a moat.”)

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About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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3 Responses to So sue me, Louis, I like it

  1. “Built around a moat” means someone needs an editor…. Unlike either Versailles or Vaux le Vicomte, they missed the opportunity to have a main entry on the side of the house opposite the garden, so that the house mediates the transition from the everyday world to the highly refined space of the garden.

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  2. Oui! Je l’adore cette maison

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