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

Featured Building

Rotonde de la Villette – designed by Claude Ledoux as a tollhouse:
Rotonde de la Villette by Claude Ledoux Architect
photo : Rebecca Breun

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.

Rotonde de la Villette Paris by Claude Nicholas Ledoux:
Rotonde de la Villette Paris by Claude Nicholas Ledoux
photo : Rebecca Breun

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.

Rotonde de la Villette Building by Architect Claude Ledoux:
Rotonde de la Villette Building by Architect Claude Ledoux
photo : Rebecca Breun

Ledoux Book

L’architecture considérée sous le rapport de l’art, des moeurs et de la législation
Architecture Considered with Respect to Art, Customs, and Legislation

French Architects

French Architecture

Classical architect: Christopher Wren

Historic Architecture
Church of St George
picture © Adrian Welch

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Neoclassical architect: CR Cockerell

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