A 3rd-Millennium Fortress
Dynamic, original and innovative screening
The Royal Lodgings
4 rooms / 4 key periods in the monument’s history / 4 great important people:
- Room 1: Foulques IV, known as “le Réchin” (the Rude),
- Room 2: Henry II of England,
- Room 3: Philip Augustus
- Room 4: Joan of Arc.
Two rooms dedicated to the relocation of the Joan of Arc museum formerly held in the Clock Tower
Presentation of the epic tale and myth of Joan of Arc from Domrémy to the stake, via Chinon itself, through a collection of original objets d'art from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries (bronzes, statues, earthenware, etc.). The rich iconographic collection presents the many different aspects attributed to our heroine over the course of the centuries.
|Room 7, a set of 6 interactive kiosks presenting a summary of the things learned on site.|
Although visitors are entirely free to go where they wish, our guidebook will provide them with valuable information throughout their visit.
You can download it by clicking
on the link Guide Book.
Its cover contains an RFID chip, which activates the sound and interactive kiosks. Its position is indicated by a logo also to be found on kiosks and furnishings. The chip is pre-programmed in the desired language. Enameled steel rods are installed in the royal lodgings and in the towers, to provide visual references to parts of the guidebook via a color and tab system. The booklet’s explanatory texts are presented in the most logical order for visiting – from the Saint-Georges fort to the royal lodgings, the Coudray keep, the Tour d’Argenton and the Tour des Chiens.
Four towers – the Tours du Boissy, du Coudray, d’Argenton and des Chiens – have been lit up in order to highlight the architecture. This scenic design is completed in some cases by an audio kiosk.
Selected themes include Joan of Arc, the Knights Templar and building in the Middle Ages. Each bench is equipped with an RFID reader and integrated speakers broadcasting to 2 or 3 people simultaneously.
Augmented reality systems
The term “augmented reality” refers to a fixed image complemented by virtual features. Technically, it is made up of a photograph taken exactly from the display’s position, to which virtual 3-D images are added (characters or architectural features from the past). The first two displays are mounted facing the "Reconnaissance" room and provide a reconstruction of this destroyed section of the royal lodgings. The third display is mounted on the terrace of the Tour d’Argenton, directed towards the medieval lifting machine with the Vienne in the background.
The building is the program’s most visible and most spectacular component – an altogether contemporary structure that now forms the main entrance to the fortress, and houses the reception area, exhibition rooms, ticket -office and gift shop.
The project architects Hervé Beaudouin & Benoît Engel fully respect the general contour of the fortress, seen from afar. Its contemporary lines only become apparent when one approaches. This double interpretation is what makes this project so unique. Seen from the bridge, the new building is deliberately very simple – even minimalist – in design, its facade a seeming continuation of the ramparts. With its modern design and seamless integration into the landscape the two story building is a perfect addition to the Fort Saint-Georges plateau.
The view from from the Clock Tower is just as important as the view of the entire site, which is why the roof, like its facades, is designed as a visual continuation of the plateau and almost entirely covered in greenery.