Tuesday, 9 May 2017
10:30am - 1.30pm
During this walk from the Pont de l’Alma to the Palais de Chaillot, we will discover through many examples, the very monumental and austere 1930’s architecture or what we pejoratively call the “totalitarian architecture”. It will also be the right time to introduce two works of a great XXth century French architect, Auguste Perret.
We will start by discovering the Theater of the Champs-Elysées built by Perret between 1910 and 1913. Even if it was erected before the 1930’s, the massive use of reinforced concrete and the modern reinterpretation of the Greek and Roman decorative elements foreshadow the buildings constructed 20 years later. Then, we will visit a modern reinterpretation of a Byzantine church made of reinforced concrete, the Church Saint-Pierre de Chaillot ! Finally, we will conclude our tour in front of 3 buildings erected and inaugurated for the 1937 World’s Fair: the Palais d’Iéna (by Perret), the Palais de Tokyo and the Palais de Chaillot.