Many people do not know the name of Henri Labrouste, but they are certainly familiar with his work. Labrouste’s work has served as a precursor to modern architecture by bringing together stone and metal during the 19th century. In France, visitors can see his work at monuments such as the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève or Napoleon’s tomb at Invalides.
From now until January 7, 2013, visitors to Paris have the chance to discover the impact of Henri Labrouste and his important contribution to modern architecture. In an exhibition at the Cité de l’Architecture, more than 200 works will be showcased in honor of Labrouste. Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg can easily enjoy this exhibition, as it is just a short walk away from their hotel.
The Cité de l’Architecture, which is a center devoted to French architectural history and tradition, was itself modeled after the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, so it is an ideal place to learn more about the man who conceived this magnificent structure. At the exhibit, visitors can see both Labrouste’s work as well as the work of his students and those who were inspired by him. By playing with light in large spaces and adding distinctive decorative elements, Labrouste created a unique style that can be recognized in many derivative works.
During his career, the architect was also the creative force behind some very useful engineering solutions, such as the use of metal vaults to facilitate the construction of large glass domes. At the Cité de l’Architecture, visitors can therefore discover all of these contributions and how they have made an impact on modern construction.
Cité de l’Architecture
1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre, 75116
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Open Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Tickets: 8 euros