With art deco interior design decided for our new hotel, it’s only normal that we be interested in all things 1930s at the moment.
After a visit to the art deco exhibition at the Cité de l’Architecture (which is on until 3rd March 2014), we decided to go for a walk round Boulogne-Billancourt, just on the outskirts of Paris, a town that’s rightly proud of its art deco architecture, with a lot of perfectly preserved houses and building.
It’s a fascinating area to walk through, a perfect (and cheap) Sunday afternoon outing, and we were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day for our visit! Check out our photo report…
It has ot be said, the council of Boulogne-Billancourt is making a real effort to attract visitors interested in their fin examples of art deco architecture – on their website you can download
– an mp3 audioguide and the map to accompany it,
– a thorough brochure with three different visits to follow,
– and even a free iPhone / Android app, with a guided visit, photos and a map to follow! A good example of technology helping the 21st century to discover the 1930s.
Oh, and there are also plaques in front of each notable building, giving lots of info.
We tried one circuit which took around an hour, and it was a real eye-opener, quite different form Paris (despite being just minutes away from the city edge) with some impressive structures, and often entire streets looking like a set from a period movie.
The town has art deco, art nouveau, some 50s architecture and even some extremely recent things, like the Jean-Bouin stadium, renovated in 2013 with a crazy new exterior.
So here are our photos! At the bottom of the article you can check out the PDF guide to the walk. Enjoy your visit!
To check out all the photos of our art deco walk in Boulogne-Billancourt, click the play button below, then click the four little arrows bottom right to go into fullscreen mode.
To check out the guide for the art deco walk, click the fullscreen button to the bottom right of the image below, or simply click here.