Tuesday, October 11, 2011

St. Joseph's Church -Le Havre, France.

St. Joseph's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Le Havre, France, built between 1951 and 1957/58 as part of the reconstruction of the town of Le Havre, which was almost entirely destroyed during World War II. It acts as a memorial to the 5000 civilians who died in the conflict. The church was designed by the chief architect for the reconstruction of Le Havre, Auguste Perret, teacher and mentor to the Swiss architect Le Corbusier. The sombre interior is in the Neo-Gothic style. The tower is 107 metres tall and acts as a beacon visible from out at sea, especially when illuminated at night (text from Wikipedia).



location: Grünerløkka, Oslo
program: Urban Apartmentbuilding
client: Korsgata 5 AS
size: ca 1010 m2
commission type: Direct Commission (2007)
status: Completed
year: 2010

The block is a rare remaining example of the intimate blend of housing and small scale industry typical of the 19th century. The new structure is designed with special appreciation of these environs. It is characterised by a distinct architectonical form with functional solutions, thoughtful details and a contemporary overall expression. 

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