Restoration project for the homeless shelter barge designed by Le Corbusier, floating on the River Seine

Designed by Le Corbusier and completed in 1929, the homeless shelter barge Asile Flottant has been restored in recent years, but in February 2018 it was submerged due to rising water levels in the River Seine. Currently we are considering countermeasures in Paris, and efforts to raise and restore it are underway. Last year we held an exhibition introducing the restoration project for Asile Flottant at four locations, including Tokyo, and this year we were planning to hold a contemporary Japanese architects exhibition on the barge. However, the exhibition is in an uncertain situation due to this accident. Comprising pictures of its final appearance in January and comments by Mr. Manuel Tardits, who saw the situation in Paris in March, we will make a recent status report at ASJ TOKYO CELL as follows

Address : 3-4-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005, Japan
Date : Friday, 20 September 2018, from 6:00pm
Speakers : Taro Igarashi, Manuel Tardits, Shuhei Endo
Organizer: Architectural Design Association of Nippon (ADAN), Le Corbusier Barge Restoration Commission (Chairperson: Shuhei Endo)


Two piers donated from Japan were completed.
ALLOY Corporation which is a stainless steel processing company donated them.They will leave Mojiko this year and arrive in Paris next February.

A construction company to float Asile Flottant has been decided.
We will get ready for floating process after receiving a permission from French supervisory authority.

Asile Flottant revival event will be held in May 31,2019. Open to all.
Membership fee : 8000 yen.

10 May 2019
The diving survey has been completed.

20 Mar 2019
Asile Flottant Revival Project
It has been decided that the International House of Japan assist the restoration of Asile Flottant.
The project of floating Asile Flottant designed by Le Corbusier will begin officially.

7 Nov 2018
Asile Flottant Revival Exhibition in Dalian
The exhibition held in Shenyang traveled to Dalian.
Organizer:Dalian University of Technology
School of Architecture and Fine Art
Location:Dalian Urban Planning Centre
Dates:7-30 Nov 2018

4 Aug 2018
Asile Flottant Revival Exhibition in Shenyang
The exhibition held in Tianjin traveled to Shenyang.
Organizer:Northeastern University JangHo Architecture
Location:Liu Hongdian Museum of Architecture
Dates:4-30 Aug 2018

11 July 2018
Organizer: Paris club
supporter: Embassy of France in Japan / Institut Francais Japan Location: Maison franco-japonaise
Dates: 11 July 2018

4 June 2018
The water level of the River Seine has become almost the same as normal year.
A diving survey will be held within this month.

16 May 2018
We held an exhibition about Asile Flottant at Tianjin International Designers Week (Shenyang City, China).
Organizer: People's Government of Hebei District Tianjin, others
Location: Hokuo Park, Hebei District, Tianjin, China
Dates: 11–16 May 2018
We held an exhibition of Asile Flottant at Tianjin International Designers Week (Shenyang City, China).

1 May 2018
The water level of the River Seine has fallen and transparency has become higher. Hereafter, divers will investigate the damage.

4 April 2018
Recent Status Report of Asile Flottant will be held
Venue: ASJ TOKYO CELL (4-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005)
Date: Friday, 20 April 2018, from 6:00pm

1 April 2018
An article about Asile Flottant was published in "Shinkenchiku" (April 2018).
->Click here for details

11 March 2018
Status of Asile Flottant as of 11 March

11 February 2018
Dear everyone who is interested in Asile Flottant restoration
Midnight, sad news came from Paris. Asile Flottant, that was working on the restoration, has sunk into the River Seine due to the influence of the rising water continuing from January. We do not know the details yet, but five restoration business owners in Paris are talking about the future. We will let you know as soon as news arrives.

24 December 2017
Asile Flottant Restoration Exhibition (Yamaguchi Exhibition) has closed successfully.

17 November 2017
Cloud funding has ended and reached the target amount.
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13 November 2017
Asile Flottant Restoration Exhibition (Osaka Exhibition) has closed successfully.

13 September 2017
Asile Flottant Restoration Exhibition (Yokohama Exhibition) has closed successfully.

19 August 2017
Cloud funding for soliciting contributions for repair costs began.
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15 August 2017
Closing talk will be held at the venue of Tokyo Exhibition on August 19.

15 August 2017
It was decided to hold a traveling exhibition of the nationwide three cities (Yokohama, Osaka, Yamaguchi).

5 August 2017
Asile Flottant Restoration Exhibition (Tokyo Exhibition) began.

4 August 2017
A symposium related to Asile Flottant Restoration Exhibition will be held.

19 June 2017
A press release will be held.

12 June 2017
website open


Few people know that Le Corbusier designed "Asile Flottant" (a floating shelter) that can be said as a floating architecture at the request of the World Salvation Army. "Asile Flottant" was completed in 1929 for the purpose of accommodating women refugees who were in Paris city due to the turmoil of World War I. Le Corbusier implemented an ideal inner space as a modern architecture by adding pillars, a roof and horizontal windows to the state of only a concrete box-shaped hull. Then, it is still floating on the left bank of the River Seine 1 km upstream from Notre Dame Cathedral. As a result of aging, it lost the function as a building in the beginning of this century; but five volunteers including Mr. Michel Cantal-Dupart have been carring out the restoration work from 2005. This autumn a pier donated by Japan will be set up, it will be restored as a functional building from 2018 again. On this occation, we will introduce Asile Flottant, based on materials at the time of completion provided by Foundation Le Corbusier and present photos and images. This exhibition also cooperates with the "Asile Flottant JAPAN ARCHITECT Exhibition" introducing contemporary Japanese architects to be held inside the Asile Flottant in the coming autumn.

Flyer (Japanese, PDF) => download


Asile Flottant Restoration Exhibition - A floating shelter / Conflict, Homelesses and Resistance that Le Corbusier saw -

An exhibition introducing the Asile Flottant restoration project will be held at 4 venues nationwide in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Yamaguchi.

Tokyo Exhibition
Dates: 5–22 August 2017, 10:00am–7:00pm
Address: 1F Shinnisseki Building, 3-4-2, Marunochi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Talk Event: 19 August 2017, 6:00–7:00pm (Taro Igarashi, Shuhei Endo, Manuel Tardits)

Yokohama Exhibition
Dates: 25 August–13 September 2017, 10:00am–6:00pm
Address: 31F Yokohama Landmark Tower, 2-2-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan
Talk Event: 2 September 2017, from 3:00pm "Talking about the movie: The Price of Desire" (Shuhei Endo, Taro Igarashi)

Osaka Exhibition
Dates: 26 October–1 November 2017, 11:00am–6:00pm
Address: Office Tower 24F, Umeda Hankyu Building, 8-1, Kakuda-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
Talk Event: 26 October 2017, 5:30–7:00pm (Shuhei Endo, Shunsuke Kurakata, Yusuke Koshima)

Yamaguchi Exhibition
Dates: 15–24 December 2017
Venue: Yamagin Historical Museum
Address: 10-6, Kannonzaki-cho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi, Japan
Talk Event: 17 December 2017, 3:00–4:00pm (Shuhei Endo, Akiko Nakagawa, Guests)

Admission Fee: free
Organizer: ENDO SHUHEI Architect institute
Planner: Asile Flottant Restoration Exhibition Executive Committee
Special Exhibition: Takashi Homma
Producer: Shuhei Endo (Architect, Professor of Kobe University)
Curator: Taro Igarashi (Architectural historian, Professor of Tohoku University)
Venue Construction: ENDO SHUHEI Architect institute/Ami Murasato
Exhibition Coordinator: Keigo Nishio (Editor)
Visual Design: Akihisa Tatsumi (Designer, Professor of Kyoto City University of Arts/Researcher of Archival Research Center)
Planning Cooperation: Manuel Tardits (Architect, Specially-appointed professor of Meiji University)
Assistance: UNION Foundation for Ergodesign Culture
Special Cooperation: Foundation Le Corbusier, ALLOY corporation, Shuhei Endo Laboratory of Kobe University
Cooperation: NPO/AAF, Isna Design, Tatsumi Akihisa Labolatory of Kyoto City University of Arts, Kuriyamakasei-kougyosho, Fondation Franco-Japonaise Sasakawa, TAISEI Corporation Galerie Taisei, Takeuchi Construction, Hamashimakasei, Mori Art Museum, Yasojima Proceed
Support: ADAN, Ambassade de France au Japon/Institut français du Japon
Sponsorship: TYING, Window Research Institute YKK AP, AW Engineering, CASSINA IXC, Graphisoft Japan, Sangetsu Corporation, Forbo Flooring Systems

Pre-Event *Ended

(1) Special Lecture: Mr. Cantal-Dupart (one of the restoration business owner, invited from Paris)
(2) Symposium "Conflict, Refugees and Resistance that Le Corbusier saw"
Standing: Taro Igarashi, Shuhei Endo, Tomohisa Sato
Date: Friday, 4 August 2017 5:30–8:00pm
Place: Meeting Room G502, 5F Glass Building, Tokyo International Forum
*After moving to ASJ TOKYO CELL, we will hold an opening drink party at the exhibition hall.

Tokyo Exhibition Talk Event: Asir Floatan Restoration Exhibition Closing Talk

Date: Saturday, 19 August 2017 6:00–7:00pm
Venue: ASJ TOKYO CELL Exhibition venue
Standing: Taro Igarashi, Shuhei Endo, Manuel Tardits
*No advance application required, Participation free

Cooperative Project: "Asile Flottant JAPAN ARCHITECT Exhibition" (TBD)

Period: September–November 2018
Venue: Inside Asile Flottant
Organizer: Architectural Design Assotioation of Nippon
Project: Asile Flottant Project Executive Committee (TBD)
*Details will be announced at a later date.


ASILE FLOTTANT / Peniche Louise-Catherine from Keigo Nishio on Vimeo.