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Eugene Freyssinet

Date of birth : 1879-07-13
Date of death : 1962-06-08
Birthplace : Objat, Corrèze, France
Nationality : French
Category : Arhitecture and Engineering
Last modified : 2011-07-01

Eugène Freyssinet was a French structural and civil engineer. He was the major pioneer of prestressed concrete.

He studied at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris before he was apprenticed to the engineer Rabut. He served as an engineer in the French Army from 1904 to 1907 and again from 1914 to 1918. Between his two stints in the army he worked as a road engineer for local authorities in Central France. From 1918 until 1928 he worked as Director for the Societe des Enterprises Limousin in Paris after which he established his own practice.

Freyssinet created innovative architecture using reinforced concrete as his main material. More an engineer than an architect, Freyssinet still managed to introduce several collaborative architectural works. His projects generally revolved around an experimental search for a common language. His designs allowed for a free expression of materials and spaces while working within the limits of technology.

Considered the "father of prestressed concrete", Freyssinet died in Saint-Martin-Vesubie, France in 1962.

Designer :
Annet-sur-Marne Bridge (1949)
Avord Aircraft Hangars (1916)
Berck Lighthouse (1950)
Candelier Bridge (1922)
Caracas-La Guaira Bridge I (1953)
Caracas-La Guaira Bridge II (1953)
Caracas-La Guaira Bridge III (1953)
Changis-sur-Marne Bridge (1950)
Esbly Bridge (1949)
Halle SERNAM (1927)
Laon Suspension Bridge (1926)
Orly Airport Overpass No. 10 (1958)
Plougastel Bridge (1930)
Pont de Châtel-de-Neuvre (1921)
Pont de Ferrières-sur-Sichon (1906)
Pont de Fontaine (1949)
Pont sur le barrage des Portes de Fer (1936)
Prairéal Bridge (1907)
Saint-Michel Bridge (1962)
Tonneins Bridge (1922)
Trilbardou Bridge (1949)
Usine de la Compagnie Nationale des Radiateurs (1928)
Ussy Bridge (1949)

Structural engineer :
Beni-Badhel Dam (1940)
Boutiron Bridge (1912)
Halles Boulingrin (1928)
Le Veurdre Bridge (1910)
Luzancy Bridge (1946)
Orly Hangars (1923)
Pont de la Libération (1919)
Saint-Pierre-du-Vauvray Bridge (1923)

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