During the BÈTON BRUT class, the students have lectures on Tuesday in the classroom. On Wednesdays, the class explores the actual sites that they are studying to gain a firsthand understanding. This week, the class visited the magnificent Église Notre-Dame du Raincy in Paris, France, for a closer inspection.
Auguste Perret (1874-1954), together with his two brothers, Claude and Gustave (construction contractors), is regarded as the forerunner of modern architecture due to his usage of reinforced concrete.
It is considered as the first attempt in the world of esthetic concrete.
The design of the windows was really stunning. The stunning stained glass with multicolored coatings on transparent glass. Photo by Nusrat Sultana.
The students snap as many photographs as they can to assure that they remember this wonderful experience at the spectacular Église Notre-Dame du Raincy. Detail of the slightly curved concrete roof of Église Notre-Dame du Raincy. Photo by Nusrat Sultana.
Students spend most of their time capturing the surroundings through their sketches by their own understanding. During the visit, students were assigned to draw three perspective drawings, one detail drawing, and a drawing of their own observation of a specific section of the concrete.
The Église Notre-Dame du Raincy provided the students with a fantastic learning experience.