Auguste Perret and the Palais Iena – Paris 16

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Monday 19 March 2018
15:00 - 16:30

A place of culture and prestige

A magnificent building, too often unknown, which summarizes  all the architectural and technical innovations introduced by the architect Auguste Perret ..

After building a Franklin Street building in 1903, the Champs-Elysées Theater in 1913 and the Raincy Church in 1923, which gave it world renown, Auguste Perret defined a classical order at the Palais Iéna in 1939.

Proportions derive directly from the logic of the material. The slender columns carry the roof in one jet, under which a second building slides. They widen towards the summit to disappear in capitals. An implacable machine, capturing the shadow and the light on its pink marble and green porphyry concretes, the Palais Iéna is one of the most remarkable contributions of modern rationalism to universal architecture.

With the Palais Iéna, Auguste Perret has demonstrated that the combination of simple figures (rectangles, triangles, circles) could lead to elegant and innovative forms.

Participation: 25€ / member – 30€ / non-member