50 Wonders | Stefanie Rhodes: Le Havre

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The co-founder of Gatti Routh Rhodes Achitects, which won last year’s Young Architect of the Year Award, introduces the latest in our 50 Wonders series

Wonder: Le Havre, France

Architect: Auguste Perret

Nominator: Stefanie Rhodes of Gatti Routh Rhodes

In 2014 I visited Le Havre on a grey Easter weekend. Having not slept much on the overnight ferry I stood on deck as we entered the harbour early in the morning. I was greeted by two 13-storey buildings with strange balconies running every third level that looked over the waterside like medieval towers. They rose from a background of carefully laid out buildings, flanking the harbour and beckoning the visitor to enter Le Havre.

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