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



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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.

2017 (before submersion)





The water level of the Seine has finally dropped.

The city of Paris has cleaned the muddy shore.







In February, the Seine is flooding. Although it is said to be the effect of climate change, the frequency of flooding has increased. The largest flood in the last 1910 caused flooding in the city of Paris, causing great damage. This year, the water has risen to the shore for the first time in three years since 2018. In addition to the following, many French media have mentioned Asyl Flottan.

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Azir Flottan Revival Exhibition in Taipei

Date: 2021/3/6 (Sat) --2021/3/28 (Sun)

Sunday-Wednesday 10: 00-19: 00
Thursday-Saturday 10: 00-20: 00

Location: Rural Castle City Lifestyle Bookstore -B1 Arts and Culture Space

Taipei City Zhongshan North Road 2nd Section 72nd Street No. 6




In 2021, the survey started in earnest. Concrete cores were removed in several places on the hull. After that, the deterioration status and composition of concrete will be analyzed by a specialized agency.



Flooding of the Seine.

Just three years have passed since the submergence.

Water is rising on the shore this year as well.

So far this time, the water level is expected to drop in the future.





People from related organizations in Paris gathered at Azir Flottan to confirm the field for future investigations. The interior is about to dry out, and a crossboard for work is laid out to make it easier to walk.

Click here for the news history of Azir Flottan.

Click here for the restoration history of Azir Flottan.





Coal Ship Liege

The Liege is a concrete ship built during World War I for the purpose of transporting coal from London. Due to the need for water transportation to fend off the German invasion and the shortage of steel during the war, a flatboat was built using reinforced concrete, which had just been certified as a building material in 1906, and about 250 ships As one of them, the Liege was also built. At that time, these flatboats were named after the cities of Europe that were affected by the war, and were named after the Belgian cities of Liege.



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Who is Le Corbusier?

He is the designer of Asile Flottant and one of the three great masters of modern architecture as the person who laid the foundation for modernist architecture that continues to this day.


Know the background of the times

From the completion of Azir Flottan to the present day, there have been various encounters led by a mysterious connection. Introducing their strange fate surrounding the ship.


Five principles of modern architecture?

A new architectural theory, published by Le Corbusier in 1926, that departs from traditional Western architectural styles such as stacking stones and bricks.


Location of Asile Flottant

We will follow in the footsteps of being moored at the Viaduc d'Austerlitz viaduct, Azir Flottan, which is currently floating on the left bank of the Seine in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.


Who is Kunio Maekawa?

A Japanese architect who was in charge of the design and construction supervision of Asile Flottant in the Le Corbusier atelier. After returning to Japan, he led modern architecture in Japan.


Publications / Media / Related pages

Introducing various media related to Azir Flottan.



2017 (before submersion)



Asile Flottant from 1995 to 2023

It has been moored on the left bank of the Seine near Austerlitz Station since around 1960, but was submerged in February 2018 and surfaced in October 2020. When the skeleton is restored and the restoration work to the original design of Le Corbusier is completed, it will be open to the public 10 m away from the bank of the Seine.

2008-2010 Asile Flottant (photo by Yoko Hata)

360 degree image inside Asile Flottant in 2018

You can control the orientation of the image by clicking on the image

As of January 2018

2019 Asile Flottant (photographed by Seiichi Hishikawa)

2020 Asile Flottant surfacing work video (photographed by Nicolas Brasseur)

October 19, 2020

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