Our Modern Paris Map is your expert guide to exploring Modernist architecture in Paris. Ideal for architecture lovers and anyone looking for an alternative way to explore the city, expect to find the finest sculptural concrete and brutalist buildings by the likes of Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Marcel Breuer.
The Modern Paris Map presents Paris as a ‘pioneer’ city of architectural Modernism. When the city finally broke with Beaux Arts Neoclassicism, projects by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret in the 1920s marked ‘a moment of unmatched architectural avant-gardism, of radical compositional plasticity and an accompanying philosophy of modern living,’ writes author Wilson in the introduction. Overall there are 50 buildings to explore – drawing you around the city in many different directions.
This can be seen in many of the buildings on the map, all built between 1900 and 1970, including the Maisons La Roche and Jeanneret, Maison de Verre, Maison du Peuple and the UNESCO Headquarters. And in the works of the likes of Adolf Loos, Pierre Chareau, Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Marcel Breuer.
Fernand Pouillon Le Résidence Le Point du Jour. Photo: Nigel Green
Importantly, the map seeks out lesser-known architecture of Modern Paris. From inner-city housing and artist’s studios of Jean Ginsberg, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Pierre Patout and Auguste Perret; to educational buildings by Pol Abraham, Germain Debré, André Lurçat and Marion Tournon-Branly; and Modernist housing of the 1950s and beyond by architects such as Édouard Albert, Denis Honneger and Fernand Pouillon.
Written in English and French, the Modern Paris Map / Carte Paris Moderne is curated and written by architectural historian Robin Wilson and photographed by Nigel Green. The duo, also known as Photolanguage, are behind the Brutalist Paris Map and the Brutalist Paris book, both published by Blue Crow Media.
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Brutalist Paris is the first thoroughly researched English-language book about brutalist architecture in and around Paris. Drawing on over five years of research, interviews and photography conducted by Robin Wilson and Nigel Green of Photolanguage, Brutalist Paris represents a substantial contribution to the study and exploration of brutalist architecture.
Our new Great Trees of Paris Map features 50 of the oldest, rarest, most unusual and historic trees across Paris, from the ancient black locust overlooking Notre Dame to the graceful Japanese pagoda tree overhanging the lake at Buttes Chaumont. This two-sided guide includes a map, an introduction and descriptions by Amy Kupec Larue, and original photography by Barnabé Moinard. In English.