Claude Nicholas Ledoux, Architect, 18th Century France Buildings, Design, Projects, Office

Claude Nicholas Ledoux – French Architect

Late 18th Century French Architecture

post updated 9 May 2021

Claude Ledoux – Key Projects

Major Project by Ledoux

Salines de Chaux, Arc-et-Senans, France
Masterplan + buildings planning

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
1736-1806
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)
1785-89

House, Besançon, France
1775-79

Theatre, Besançon, France
1771-73/5

Chateau for Madame du Barry, Louveciennes, France
1771-73

Pavilion Hocquart, France
1764-70

Château de Bénouville, Normandy, France
1770

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Location: Paris, France

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
factory.

Portes de Paris
1785-90
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
1804
Architecture Considered with Respect to Art, Customs, and Legislation

Claude Ledoux : French Architect

French Architecture

Classical architect: Christopher Wren

Historic Architecture
Church of St George
picture © Adrian Welch

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Neoclassical architect: CR Cockerell

Neoclassical Architecture

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