Under Threat: Garden-City of La Butte Rouge
Châtenay Malabry, France, 1931-1965

Docomomo International has been notified by Docomomo France about the demolition threat the Garden-City of La Butte Rouge, in Châtenay-Malabry, is currently facing. Therefore, Docomomo International would like to raise awareness for this case and express its concerns.

The Garden-City of La Butte Rouge is under threat by an intended demolition of 8 buildings. This unique and outstanding achievement of 4.000 flats on a 70-hectare ground is a paradigm of the successful combination of social reform and architectural innovation. It was designed by architects Joseph Bassompierre, Paul de Rutté, Paul Sirvin, André Arfvidson and the landscape designer André Riousse and it was completed over seven phases from 1931 to 1965.

The Garden-City of La Butte Rouge is an internationally acknowledged urban model, in terms of architecture and landscapes as well as in terms of social and economical issues. The demolition of even the smallest part of this whole and coherent masterpiece, without due consultation of the stakeholders, may result in the de-characterization of this exceptional project that should continue to exist for the benefit of the future generations.

Docomomo International would like to support and appeal to all kinds of efforts to protect and respect the Garden-City of La Butte Rouge.

You can find the “appeal from architects and town planners” about the demolition threat of the Garden-City of La Butte Rouge in the pdf.