A quiet side street near Parc Montsouris, lined with plain and simple buildings.  Villa Seurat (a street rather than a house as English speakers might assume) was developed between 1924 and 1926 to offer accommodation to artists unable to find studios in nearby Montparnasse. Eight reinforced concrete buildings designed by Modernist architect André Lurçat set the tone for the development with clean lines, smooth facades and wide windows.

Although Modernism later became associated with low cost public housing, these individual residences are very much custom designed with high ceilinged studios, secluded roof terraces, wine cellars and spacious living accommodation.   The first to be completed (the white house at the right of the main photo) was the home and studio of the architect’s brother,  painter ceramicist and weaver Jean Lurçat.  The development soon attracted other members of the artistic Avant Garde, including sculptors, painters, writers and composers.



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The new technology of reinforced concrete allowed Modernist architects to do away with door and window surrounds, creating a smooth, uninterrupted facade.  Nearly a century later this plainness seems commonplace but at the time the purity of the unencumbered lines was revolutionary.

The doors may be rather plain but this post is linked to Thursday Doors nonetheless.