Architect and builder: one of the pioneers of French modern architecture.
[Auguste Perret. 1874-1954. Theory and works] The volume illustrates the work of Auguste Perret, an outstanding figure on the French architecture scene in the late 19th and early 20th century. Combining architectural and entrepreneurial talents, the construction company “Perret frères” adhered to Perret’s aesthetic ideals of classical formal harmony, while adapting to economic constraints and practical construction tenets, including the use of reinforced concrete. Perret created many splendid buildings, including the house on Rue Franklin and the theater of the Champs-Elysées in Paris, initially in the wake of Art Nouveau, from which he gradually distanced himself in favor of a sober, rigorous, classically terse style. In 1948 Perret was commissioned to reconstruct the city of Le Havre, acknowledging his central role in the architecture of his country.