Le Havre, World Heritage Site

Cruise ship framed by the Ocean Door's towers.

Gateway to the ocean: The Porte Océane

Just before reaching the beach, the Porte Océane, Gateway to the Ocean, was meant as a transition between the city and the sea. Finished building in 1955, it is also one of the memorable marks Auguste Perret left in Le Havre.

Remarkable group of buildings, facing the sea and the entrance to the city centre, it is a monumental junction point where you will admire the large liners going past from Avenue Foch, and the place from which you will amble down to the beach, first going between the 13 storey high twin towers, standing at the crossroads between the maritime world and the modern city centre.

The Porte Océane is made up of two towers and two low blocks, comprising 256 flats and garages. The northern part was built by Jacques Poirrier from 1951 to 1953. The southern part was built by André Hermant from 1951 to 1956.

Perspective over the sea

“The Avenue Foch finishes against the imposing masses of the Porte Océane. Designed after a project by Auguste Perret for the competition to build the Porte Maillot (Paris, 1931), this door is the monumental counterpart of Town Hall Square. It shuts the urban space away like a giant chicane meant to protect the town from the open sea, while allowing still a narrowed vision of the sea.”      Joseph Abram