Étienne-Louis Boullée


Étienne-Louis Boullée is a French ‘Neoclassical’ architect.

“Neoclassicism is the name given to Western movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture that draw inspiration from the “classical” art and culture of Ancient Greeceor Ancient Rome. One such movement was dominant in Europe from the mid-18th to the 19th century.”

What stands out the most to me is his regular repetitive geometric style. He was most famous between 1778 and 1788 and his main inspiration for his geometric designs was ‘Classical forms’. In his designs he would repeatedly use geometric shapes in a large scale and repeat these shapes, which can be clearly seen in the picture of the Metropolitan Church interior below. His unique way of working was uncommon at the time which is why I think he became an architectural inspiration or many.  Here are his most recognisable works that carry on to influence architects to this day.

Metropolitan Church interior – 1780/1781

Newton’s Cenotaph – 1784


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