Henri Labrouste, Architect, Parisian Building, Bibliotheque Nationale, France, Designs
Henri Labrouste, Paris : Architecture
19th Century French Architect Practice – famous for the Bibliotheque Nationale
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Bibliotheque Nationale / French National Library
Location: Quai François-Mauriac 75706, Paris XIIIe
A key Paris building that appears in most histories of world architecture. The Reading Room is noted for its advanced construction, using iron frame for its structure.
The materials of this important building included bearing masonry, iron columns, terra cotta vaults and a truss roof.
The architect Labrouste was appointed in 1854.
Following a series of regime changes in France, it became the Imperial National Library and in 1868 was moved to newly constructed buildings on the Rue de Richelieu designed by Henri Labrouste. Upon Labrouste’s death in 1875 the library was further expanded, including the grand staircase and the Oval Room, by academic architect Jean-Louis Pascal.
In 1988, President François Mitterrand announced the construction and the expansion of one of the largest and most modern libraries in the world, intended to cover all fields of knowledge, and designed to be accessible to all, using the most modern data transfer technologies, which could be consulted from a distance, and which would collaborate with other European libraries.
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Henri Labrouste – Practice Information
Pierre François Henri Labrouste
This architect was born in Paris.
He trained at Collège Sainte-Barbe from 1809 then later at École des Beaux Arts school of architecture in Paris, France, in the second class and the Lebas-Vaudoyer workshop. He entered this in 1819. During 1820, he was promoted to the first class. Competing for the Grand Prix, he was awarded second place (the Palais de Justice scored first) by Guillaume-Abel Blouet during 1821.
Henri travelled widely in Italy and stayed in Rome for six years.
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President Mitterrand´s “Les Grands Projects” in Paris
lnstitut du Monde Arabe
Opéra de la Bastille
Cité de la Musique
Parc de la Villette
Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterand
La Grande Arche de La Défense
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