Reproduction of pediments at Château de la Brigandière

Château de la Brigandière was built circa 1825 and was subsequently restored around 1907. Acquired by Ecully’s town council between 1988 and 2001, Château de la Brigandière was home to the Directorate General for Public Finance up until 2015.

The old municipal building was refurbished by the developer Temperance to accommodate a series of flats with views of the château’s grounds. That conversion, designed by Lhenry Architecture, showcases and preserves an architectural heritage which is near and dear to the hearts of the local population.

A look at the reproduction of pediments and corbels using Vieujot plaster

Stage 1 :
production at our studio

Under the leadership of the building company Stiledesign in Brignais, our ornamental plasterers participated in this refurbishment by producing exact replicas of the site’s pediments and corbels using Vieujot plaster.

Vieujot is a mix of plaster and lime that creates a rough stone look. It is used in particular to extend the longevity of exterior elements.

Our teams created a prototype of a mould and a screed made of plaster. They also produced the silicone mould that would be used to reproduce the corbels for the final project. The Vieujot plaster was then poured into the silicone mould.

At the same time, our ornamental plasterers manufactured the bespoke zinc template that would be used to run the cornices and a thick plaster base form for unique pieces. A layer of Vieujot, followed by canvas, were then applied before the finishing layers were spread by means of multiple runs until a smooth surface was achieved.

Once the decoration was dry, they removed it by injecting air between the cornice and the mould.

A 45° cut was made to join the corners of the cornices by means of wadding.

As for the Vieujot corbels, they were joined directly on site, during installation of the cornices.

See the different steps involved in making a Vieujot plaster cornice

Running fibrous plaster on top of a base form

Wadding and joining

Stage 2 :
installation on site

3D plan © LHenry Architecture

Once production in the studio was complete, our teams installed the exterior decorations on the façade and window frames.

Our ornamental plasterers placed the Vieujot pediments and corbels around the new openings, making sure to maintain the aesthetic balance of the façade.

Stage 3 :
a job well done

Our ornamental plasterers are proud to have participated in the refurbishment and preservation of this historic building.

The reproduction of its pediments and corbels enhanced the façade of this former municipal monument, now divided into flats.

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