Under Threat: Maison du Peuple of Clichy
by Jean Prouvé, Eugène Beaudouin, Marcel Lods and Vladimir Bodiansky, Clichy, France, 1935-1939. Jack Lang´s letter to the current French Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen
DATE: 5/3/2018
Docomomo International alerts for the eventual intervention on Maison du Peuple of Clichy, after a declared winner for future building additions.

"Let´s invent the massacre!

The Maison du Peuple of Clichy (1935-1939), Eugène Beaudoin and Marcel Lods architects (with the participation of André Sive from 1937) assisted by the engineer Vladimir Bodiansky and the builder Jean Prouvé, combines a market on the ground floor and an auditorium on the first floor. The spectacular machine of Clichy (1), one of the monuments of modern architecture of the 1930s, expresses and announces the versatility, flexibility and mobility of architecture after the Second World War. It is included in all the history books of architecture and is considered to be a first-class work of the 20th century.

As part of the call for projects "inventons la métropole du grand Paris", a team consisting of the Duval real estate group, the architects Rudy Ricciotti, Lba + Holzweg is declared winner of the consultation and plan the construction of a tower 96 m high planted in the rear part of the monument listed as a Historic Monument since December 30, 1983. Will the presence in the team of a Chief Architect of Historical Monuments and the strange guaranty of the Pompidou Center be enough to authorize the massacre that is coming tomorrow?"

By Richard Klein, chair of Docomomo France

(1) Jean-Louis Cohen, Maisons du Peuple, architecture pour le peuple, Bruxelles, AAM, 1984,
p.179

Last 12th March, Jack Lang, the French Minister of Culture that was in power at the time of the classification of the Maison du Peuple as National Historical Monument, wrote a letter to the current French Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen, in defense of the preservation of Maison du Peuple of Clichy, stating “I urge you to find a solution so that this unique testimony of an art and an era is carefully preserved".

Docomomo International is available for any kind of support that might be needed to protect this Historic Monument, in order to pay respect for the original Eugène Beaudoin and Marcel Lods construction. 

Watch video: website

More details: website [french] 
Article written by Andrew Ayers in Architectural Record: website

Article written by the Société pour la Protection des Paysages et de l’Esthétique de la France: Website

Find on Pdf below:
Docomomo Uk Support Letter (6th March);
Jack Lang letter to the Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen [french] (12th March);
Kenneth Frampton Support Letter (18th April);
Docomomo Switzerland Support Letter (23rd April);
Docomomo France open letter written by Richard Klein, Chair of Docomomo France [french] and the collected support signatures (18th April, last updated 6th September);
Docomomo fiches about Maison du Peuple original project and a detailed paper concerning Maison du Peuple future plans; 
Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen letter to Chair of Docomomo France Richard Klein [french] (4th July);
ICOMOS Support Letter (30th July);
Press release from the Association Quartier Maison du Peuple [French] (13th September);
Reply from the Regional Director for Cultural Affairs of Île-de-France to Docomomo France [French] (17th September);
Letter from Mme. Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, adressed to MM. Patrick Ollier, President of the Métropole du Grand Paris et Rémi Muzeau, Mayor of Clichy [French] (28th September).


Maison du Peuple of Clichy was featured at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia and at the French daily afternoon newspaper Le Monde, 25th June 2018. 
Additionally, this September the Association Quartier Maison du Peuple (Clichy-la-Garenne) has made an appeal against the project of modification of the Urban plan (PLU) regarding the construction of the new tower.
The resulting press release can also be found it in the pdf below.