Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bains Douches Rue Oberkampf

A classical example of municipal architecture from the 1920s, these public baths were designed in brick as a means to create a warm and welcoming environment for users. Built at a time when washing facilities were not widely available in private apartments, these facilities are nevertheless still widely used today, with an estimated 2500 people using this service each week.

Built between the eras of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, the building has echos of both. Ceramic tiles display the coat of arms of the city of Paris, whilst the roof has a gently curving arch of reinforced concrete. The brickwork is a combination of a lighter golden brick incorporated into a checkerboard with warmer red bricks.

Address: 42 Rue Oberkampf, 75011
Architect: Unknown
Year of construction: 1920s.


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