La Fente Rouge
Moulin Rouge is about women’s powerful attraction.
Its dance performance has become synonym to Paris and it is in need to be reinvented as world cultural icon. To create a new perspective, the new Moulin Rouge Dance School decidedly to be designed from an Asian point of view, with its reticent way of admiring women’s eroticism.
Appears as a muted white glass surface, each of the façades block is created with a monogram pattern of toy mill in origami version. It wraps around the entire façade of the dance school uniting the new building and the old one adjacent to it. This calm relief-surface of delicate glass block unfurl at the entrance to reveal a red glass lining of internal main atria’s façade which shape resembles a sculptural finesse of cheongsam. From outside, the entire building appears as if a voluptuous body of a woman trapped inside the ice block of mass, containing the dance school program and other facilities.
Entering from the slit of the cheongsam, people will arrive in 25 m high L’atrium Rouge, a main atria with red façade glass. Once inside, there is a distinct sense of splendid isolation; as glimpses of swiftly moving student inside the dance studio upstairs contrasting with daily traffic in Boulevard de Clichy outside. The slit itself only reveals certain portion of buildings activities, as if an Asian woman shyly and slowly reveal their sacred body.
As an extension of the city, this audaciously opulent space can be use for social gatherings, celebration or other function. Within this area there is an entrance point lobby directing people to their destination, cafeteria- museum on the left, dance school upstairs or performance show in the adjacent building. People also can use this space to queue for tickets without being exposed to the weather. On the left of L’atrium Rouge, there is a cafeteria-museum with direct visual connection to Boulevard de Clichy. Displayed within its 5 storey split level which end on the book store, memorabilia of Moulin Rouge history can be observed while people enjoying their meals. On the right of L’atrium Rouge there is a new alley on the 1st floor containing new ticket booths and connect directly to the adjacent old building. It serves as a new entrance to the performance show.
At night, as passer by admiring a curvaceous red body silhouette, a play of light blade pierces trough the glass block façade. It represents the movement of legendary Moulin Rouge in a subtle way, a memento to a cultural symbol of Paris.
(words by Ary Indrajanto)
The cheongsam is a body-hugging (modified in Shanghai) one-piece Chinese dress for women.The stylish and often tight-fitting cheongsam or qipao (chipao) that is most often associated with today was created in the 1920s in Shanghai and was made fashionable by socialites and upperclass women