From the outset, Jean Nouvel wanted the Museum to be sheltered amidst dense vegetation, and this is why he called on the remarkable landscape gardener, Gilles Clément.
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The Garden is a key element of the project as it stretches over 1.8 hectares. The architect decided to build the museum on piles to create an immense bridge-structure enabling the garden to extend beneath it. As a large open expanse across the museum area, it is freely accessible to the public during the Museum's opening hours. With 178 trees and some thirty plant species, the Garden surrounds the architecture creating an impression of burgeoning flora. Secret paths, hillocks, pebbled walkways, pools to meditate and dream beside and an open-air theatre presenting a series of shows, lectures and concerts all make this new Parisian garden the ideal venue for museum visitors from all walks of life.
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Solidarity, the environment and the commitment of its members are at the heart of the identity, vocation, and positioning of the ENGIE Corporate Foundation.
The new corporate foundation of the ENGIE Group was launched in September 2010 under the chairmanship of Mr. Gérard Mestrallet.
The foundation supports projects and their teams, which partake in both works of solidarity (assistance to people in difficult situations e.g. health, education, energy etc.), and environmental actions (protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, the fight against global warming, housing development of the future ...).
The creation of ENGIE Corporate Foundation also reflects the Group’s desire to encourage the commitment of its members, by supporting member associations working for humanitarian causes and projects undertaken by members, via a call for projects.
Preserving the environment and promoting biodiversity, a commitment for the ENGIE Group foundation
Because ENGIE's activities lie at the heart of global environmental and social challenges, sustainable development has become one of the Group's key policy issues.
There are many challenges which need be addressed, such as energy independence, security of supply, the fight against climate change and the fragility of biodiversity, but also economic and social issues such as economic crises, the emergence of new market players and social inequality.
ENGIE Corporate Foundation has chosen to support the protection, enhancement and preservation of the environment as a central focus of its strategic philanthropy.
The Foundation sees gardens, places of relaxation and meeting places, as an ideal expression of the sustainable development issues it finds important: biodiversity, solidarity, education and culture.
It is therefore natural that the ENGIE Corporate Foundation is a partner of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. The foundation sponsored the creation of its main garden in 2005 and its programme in 2008 and 2011, and it continues this partnership in 2012, 2014 and 2015 by supporting the Summer Garden.
ENGIE Corporate Foundation sponsor of “L’Autre Noël 2014/2015”
L’Autre Noël opens up access to culture and solidarity
It is this dual ambition of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac that the ENGIE Foundation, a Major Patron of the Museum, wished to support. A hundred children from organizations will be able to explore the museum collections and the visitors will be able to leave gifts for children in the Congo.
The fight against poverty, access to energy for all, protection of the environment and solidarity lie at the heart of the actions taken by the ENGIE Foundation, demonstrating the social, societal and environmental commitment of the ENGIE Group, one of the major international players in the energy sector, and a key player in emerging countries, with one priority: to develop concrete and innovative projects, to illustrate “being useful to humankind” by supporting human ventures and to team up with collaborators.
The ENGIE Foundation supports more than 110 children’s aid projects around the world.
For more information: http://www.fondation-gdfsuez.com/