Marché Central de Royan, Royan (17200)


Cette structure avant-gardiste a été inventée en 1955 par les architectes Louis Simon et André Morisseau, assistés par l’ingénieur Bernard Laffaille et son successeur, René Sarger.
This avant-garde structure was invented in 1955 by architects Louis Simon and André Morisseau, assisted by the engineer Bernard Laffaille and his successor, René Sarger. It is a thin web of shell 8 cm thick reinforced concrete covering a diameter of 52.40 m, and resting on supporting points 13, connected together by tie rods embedded in the floor, thus avoiding deformations spacing. The height of the center of volume is 10.50 m. The most spectacular event took place at the end of construction. To carry out the stripping, the dome was raised by 2 mm in the center of the cylinder to release 300 tons in three hours was the scaffolding. This maneuver has avoided any distortion in the structure. Published in architecture today in 1956, this building represents a realization of international level, insofar as it implements one of the first structures in thin veil of free configuration. It could have been a model in the world: the project to market Nanterre (architect Sébillotte) restaurant Xochilmico Mexico (architect Candela), or even the State Circus in Bucharest (architects: Porunbescu, Pruncu and Rulea). The central market was restored in 2003 and is a historical monument since 2002. Open every day from 7.00 to 13.00 (except Mondays off season) and every morning in season (July-August). Every Wednesday and Sunday morning market takes air from large market throughout the year.

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Conditions of visit

Unguided individual tours available permanently

Rates (€)

Free of charge.


All year round, daily.

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