22 – The Apostrophe multimedia library
About the scenography
Artistic design: Spectaculaires, Les Allumeurs d'Images – Franck Marty and Benoît Quero
The Apostophe multimedia library, flagship of Chartres culture, constitutes an idiosyncratic site. Bordering the boulevard that encloses the heart of pedestrian town centre, it’s not possible to create an intimacy between the building and the spectators. The city has turned it into a gateway to Chartres Light Show. The scenographers have highlighted, not without humour, the history of the building. It has become a history book demonstrating that throughout all time, humanity has been looking forward to Chartres Light Show. And nothing less. So this was the real profound purpose of the taming of fire, writing, illumination, printing, technology... You don’t believe it? But that is how it is explained here.
About the Apostrophe multimedia library
In June 1875, the development of Post Office demanded a large-scale building. In 1919, it was decided to build a piece of land that had been part of the horse market. This choice, and the imposing architecture of the building, illustrates the desire to enhance the city that prevailed throughout the nineteenth century.
The new Post Office, designed by the architect Raoul Brandon, a local man, was opened in 1928, and was a key feature in the townscape of Chartres. It mixed styles of Gothic architecture, Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Brandon was a much sought-after architect in Paris and transferred to Chartres the principle of urban symmetries found in the capital: the belfry and the tower of his Post Office are visual rivals of the cathedral towers, just as, for example, the colonnades of the national assembly and those of the Madeleine church look at each other from either side of the Seine.