La Maison de la Radio - France 3
An imposing building on place de Bordeaux
Strasbourg’s Maison de la radio was designed by architects Tournon, Devilliers and Verdier and was built between 1956 and 1961 on place de Bordeaux, in the centre of the Contades district. Behind the vast glass wall of the auditorium, which runs along the whole of the facade and looks over the square, can be seen a huge ceramic work of art, 25 meters long and 6 meters high, made in 1961 by ceramic artist Gumersind Gomila, and based on drawings by Jean Lurçat.
Lurçat is especially noted for his role in the revival of tapestry post 1939 and he later worked with Gumersind Gomila to extend his experiments to monumental ceramic art. The artists’ collaboration culminated in The Creation of the World, symbolic of a world in the making, illustrated by the 6 stages of the Creation. The artist’s emblematic themes – water, fire and stars – are referred to in the work.
The Strasbourg headquarters of France 3 Alsace
The vast glass-fronted auditorium looking onto place de Bordeaux allows The Creation of the World to offer a monumental backdrop to the main entrance and also to be a fully integrated part of the urban landscape. It was listed as a historical monument in 1983 and restored in 1991 to repair the damage caused by thermal shock.
The Maison de la radio is currently the headquarters of France 3 Alsace and it was here, in October 1966, that the first regional programme was broadcast on FM, which set the tune for the centre’s reputation for technological innovation.
- Tram B or E - Lycée Kléber
- Bus 2 - Lycée Kléber
- Bus 50 - Wacken
- Headquarters France 3 Alsace
5 place de Bordeaux