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Architecture of France

23 November 2009

1904 – Hotel de Ville, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Victor Laloux A very elegant Beaux-Arts style Hôtel de Ville in a prominent site along one of Tours tree lined boulevards. The Hôtel de Ville is one of two important buildings on...

25 November 2009

1913 – Galleries Lafayette Department Store, Paris

Architect: Georges Chédanne & F. Chanut Originally there were two of these amazing spaces, but the second was removed in the 1950s. 35 metres tall, it is a riot of Art Nouveau decoration,...

25 November 2009

1913 – Synagogue, Paris

Architect: Hector Guimard Designed by Hector Guimard who is better known for his work on the Paris Metro, this synagogue down a narrow street was built for a Polish-Russian Jewish group in 1913....

25 November 2009

1919 – Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Paris

Architect: Paul Abadie Jr Probably the best site for a building in Paris, the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur can be seen from most parts of the city because of its height and gleaming white...

25 November 2009

1923 – Samaritaine Department Store, Paris

Architect: Franz Jourdain & Henri Sauvage A magnificent department store on the banks of the Seine that includes several buildings on a couple of streets. A richly decorated cast iron interior with many...

19 May 2010

1929 – Villa Savoye, Poissy, France

Architect: Le Corbusier Situated at Poissy, outside of Paris, the Villa Savoye is one of the most recognisable architectural icons of the International Style. The Villa Savoye was designed as a weekend country...

22 November 2009

1930s – Printemps, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

An unusual looking department store in the main shopping district of Tours. This Printemps store has Art Deco touches but is poorly maintained.

25 November 2009

1932 – Etam Department Store, Paris

Architect: Franz Jourdain & Henri Sauvage A very interesting building on a narrow site, this small department store has Art Nouveau motifs and a fine original glazed canopy.

23 November 2009

1954 – Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp, France

Architect: Le Corbusier This is a singular work in Le Corbusier’s oeuvre in that it departs from his principles of standardisation and the machine aesthetic, giving in instead to a site-specific response. By...


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