Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
The chateau at Vaux-le-Vicomte, 50 km south-east of Paris, is one of the great chateaux of France. Built between 1658 and 1661 it was an important influence on much of the architecture that followed.
One of the radical innovations at Vaux-le-Vicomte was that the building, the gardens, and the interior, were all planned together as one ensemble - an idea that carries through to the most modern of architecture. The architect (Louis le Vau), the interior designer (Charles le Brun) and the landscape architect (André le Notre) worked closely together during all stages of the project. It was the same 'team' that would subsequently work on the Palace at Versailles.