Spoerry, François-Henry

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Spoerry, François-Henry (1912–99). French architect. He startled the architectural world by designing the vernacular-revival resort of Port Grimaud, near St-Tropez (1967–75), a work on which much scorn was poured by followers of the Modern Movement, although enjoying widespread approval. He followed this with Port Liberté, New York Harbor, USA (1984), which drew on the vernacular architecture of New England for its inspiration. Other works include Port Louis, near New Orleans (1982–4), and Bendinat, near Palma de Mallorca, Spain (1982–8). These developments have been categorized as Soft architecture, but his work has inspired others to follow his example.

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Spoerry (1989);
Jane Turner (1996)