Claude Nicholas Ledoux Architect, 18th Century France Buildings, Design Projects, Office
Claude Nicholas Ledoux – French Architect
Late 18th Century French Architecture
post updated 25 February 2023
Major Project by Ledoux
Salines de Chaux, Arc-et-Senans, France
Masterplan + buildings planning
Claude Ledoux – Key Projects
Ledoux – the Architect
Claude Nicholas Ledoux
Born in Dormans-sur-Marne, France; died in Paris, France
Ledoux buildings are characterised by a strongly articulated Mannerist style, using the Classical Style with a similar flexibility to Piranesi and Boullee.
Unlike earlier Italian Mannerist buildings his work is simpler and bolder with Classical columns using repetitive square sections being a recurring motif.
Paris Building by Claude Ledoux
The newly renovated Rotonde de la Villette.
Designed by Claude Ledoux as a tollhouse in the 1780s, the Rotonde is considered by many as a precursor of modern architecture.
It was restored in 2010 and now houses a café-restaurant, thus allowing the public into the building.
Architecture by Claude Ledoux
Ledoux Buildings Designs, chronological
Portes de Paris : Tollhouses (Barrières)
Dates built: 1785-89
House, Besançon, France
Dates built: 1775-79
Theatre, Besançon, France
Dates built: 1771-73/5
Chateau for Madame du Barry, Louveciennes, France
Dates built: 1771-73
Pavilion Hocquart, France
Dates built: 1764-70
Château de Bénouville, Normandy, France
Date built: 1770
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Location: Paris, France, western Europe
Claude Ledoux Architect Practice Information
Claude Ledoux Education
Jacques François Blondel Architectural School Paris
Ledoux studied under J. F. Blondel & L.F. Trouard
Ledoux – key Buildings in more detail
Salines de Chaux
Saltworks settlement with radial plan of housing centred on the salt extraction
Portes de Paris
Sixty tollhouses designed with fifty being built and only four remaining (see photo below). Key Tollhouse – Barrière de la Villette.
L’architecture considérée sous le rapport de l’art, des moeurs et de la législation
Architecture Considered with Respect to Art, Customs, and Legislation
Classical architect: Christopher Wren
picture © Adrian Welch
Neoclassical architect: CR Cockerell
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