Le Havre

The Paris Studio went on an Active Learning Field Excursion to Le Havre Commune in France as part of the Bèton Brut seminar course. The city of Le Havre, on the English Channel in Normandy, was severely bombed during the Second World War. The destroyed area was rebuilt according to the plan of a team headed by Auguste Perret, from 1945 to 1964.

Students were in front of the Town Hall of the city of Le Havre.

Students were divided into two groups to explore the city with the help of two guides along with Professors.

Le Havre provided students with an incredible, immersive experience as well as a case study of an outstanding post-war example of urban planning and architecture based on the unity of methodology and the use of prefabrication, the systematic use of a modular grid, and the innovative exploitation of the potential of concrete. Two guides helped the participants to explore and to be familiarized themselves with the city of Le Havre.

Exploring the interior of the Apartment of the area.

View from the top floor of Townhall of Le Havre.

Students are on the top of the Townhall of Le Havre.

Students explored the stunning architecture of Saint Joseph’s Church of Le Havre.

At the inside of Saint Joseph’s Church of Le Havre..

Tower of Saint Joseph’s Church of Le Havre.

Le Havre is notable for its coherence and integrity, combining a reflection of the city’s previous pattern and its existing historic structures with modern concepts of town planning and construction technology.