Tastmodell Schloss Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau – Palace – Loire Valley – 2015

The construction of the Palace of Azay-le-Rideau, set on an island in the middle of the river Indre, started under the reign of Francis I of France in the 16th century. Its successive owners brought changes and renovations to the initial building, like a renaissance-style north facade, an english-style garden, a salon decorated in 19th-century style, a water mirror to the south facade completed in the 20th century…

Tactile Studio wished to explain this architectural complexity. First of all, a set of models show the castle in its environment, then the building itself, and finally zoom effects point out the emblematic architectural elements of the castle’s building periods. The tactile station, in Corian and in acrylic resin, assembles the plan, a transverse section and a bas-relief. They help to understand the organisation of the central stairway, with the carved ceilings, the banister integrated in the wall and the different positions of the windows.

The pediment in the Renaissance-style is extremely rich and detailed. We isolated four decorative elements, that repeatedly appear on the façade : the conch, the “I” of Francis I, a salamander and an ermine, reproduced at half-scale.  

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