Claude Parent

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Claude Parent, born on 23 February 1923 at Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, is a French architect known for his buildings featuring sloped floors, an aesthetic initially inspired by Parent's discovery, with philosopher Paul Virilio, of World War II bunkers constructed along the Atlantic Wall that had accidentally slipped down sand dunes because of severe winter weather. "Inside [the fallen bunkers], you tumbled through a strange room; the floor was so sloped that you couldn't tell whether what you were standing on was a slanted floor or a wall," Parent has said.[1] With Virilio, who was also a teacher at the École spéciale d’architecture in Paris, they educated many contemporary architects, such as Jean Nouvel. He won the Grand Prix national de l'architecture in 1979 and was elected at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 2005.

Parent is also an avid collector of automobiles, including Lamborghini and Bentley.[2]




  • Officier de la Légion d'honneur (21 February 1990)
  • Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur (13 July 2010)[3]


  1. ^ "Claude Parent: The Supermodernist". 032c. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Claude Parent: The Supermodernist". 032c. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Décret du 13 juillet 2010 portant promotion