La Butte-Rouge garden city, Chatenay-Malabry: the gardens at the rear of the flats on the avenue Edward Valliand

RIBApix ref no RIBA101829
Architect/DesignerBassompiere, Joseph (1871-1950)
Riousse, Andre (1895-)
Rutte, Paul de (1871-1943)
Sirvin, Paul (1871-1977)
Artist/PhotographerBenton, Tim
CountryFrance
CityChatenay-Malabry
Subject Date1930
Image Date1976
ViewExterior
StyleModern Movement
MediumPhotoprint
Library ReferenceBenton 76-04-01-35
OrientationLandscape
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit Tim Benton / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: La Butte-Rouge is one the biggest interwar social mass housing schemes in the environs of Paris. Situated 12 km south of the city, it was the brainchild of Henri Sellier, director of the Office public d'habitations de la Siene. Originally conceived in 1919 by the architects Joseph Bassompiere and Paul de Rutte as part of the Paris extension plan, construction didn't start until 1929, continued up till the mid 1930s and did not resume until after the second world war. Although influenced by the early garden city movement, the layout here was made more formal with a hierarchy of roadways and public squares. Planting was important and the landscape architect responsible for the overall scheme was Andre Riousse, with the architect Paul Sirvin helping to implement the designs of Bassompiere and de Rutte.

Subject tags

housing, garden cities