Le Havre, World Heritage Site


The Perret Show Flat

The Perret Show flat takes you back in time to the 1950s. Step in and discover a living space where the best was made of natural light. You will realize how modern Perret’s architecture is.

It is a flat and museum. Lounge, bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen…. The Flat is a small museum, recalling the period down to the smallest detail: mass-produced furniture, crockery, domestic appliances…

Every spring, the show Flat host a new temporary exhibition.

Ikea’s ancestors

The furniture the Perret studio chose for the show flats shows a similar approach of modernity. Perret chose René Gabriel’s living-room furniture for the Paris International Exhibition in 1947, while the children’s bedroom designed by Marcel Gascoin is shown “in situ” (on site) inside the Porte Océane scheme in 1953. These designers were figureheads of the Reconstruction Style, these “creators of mass-produced models” introduce in France a transition between Art Deco and Design styles: inspired by Scandinavian trends, they adapt modern concepts to oak furniture pieces, a robust and cheap material, warm and bright, easily compatible with the tastes and budget of a large number of customers.

The Auguste Perret Show flat at Le Havre.

The Auguste Perret Show flat at Le Havre.

Modular interior

The flat lay-out is rational, economical and designed to make the best possible use of natural light in the so-called long stay rooms (dining-room, kitchen, bedrooms). It also satisfies the French people’s wishes in matters of accommodation: flexibility in order to adapt to changes, answering a variety of needs, proving durable.

In the lounge, “large room for collective use welcoming all family life”, there are doors and sliding partitions allowing an opening or closing access to adjoining rooms. This modularity was a wish of Perret’s, made possible by specially placing the air ducts and making sure the “posts and beams” system limited the load bearing structure to one column in the hall of each flat.



Visits of the show flat PerretMaison du Patrimoine – Atelier Perret - Place Auguste Perret
Tél : 02 35 22 31 22 - maison-patrimoine-info@lehavretourisme.com

Guides visits (strongly recommended booking)Opening hours :

  • Low season (from the 1st of October to the 31th of March) :
    • Wednesdays and Fridays: 3.30pm and 4.30pm, Saturdays at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm, Sundays at 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
    • During the holidays : Monday to Friday at 3.30pm and 4.30pm, Saturdays at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm, Sundays at 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. 
  • April, May, June and September
    • Monday to Friday at 3.30 pm and 4.30pm (additional visit at 2.30pm from the 6th to the 22nd of April, except the 10th and the 17th of April).
    • Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays: 11a.m*, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm. 
  • July and August :
    • Mondays to Sundays at 11am*, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm.Fares:
  • €5 per person (full price)
  • €3 (student over 26 years old, disabled persons, large family).
  • Free (first Saturday of the month, people under 26 years old, unemployed, journalists).

 Booking highly recommanded by phone: 0032. or by email: maison-patrimoine-info@lehavre-etretat-tourisme.com NEW! Including the Appartement Témoin’s visits and Saint-Joseph church, this unique walk “Le Havre world heritage” will give you the keys to understand the outstanding nature of the “centre reconstruit”, inscribed into the UNESCO’s list since 2005. Full price €7 / reduced price €5, only in French.  


The main living area in the Perret Show-Flat - furniture by Jacques Hitier.
The bathroom in the Perret Show-Flat.
The parents'bedroom in the Perret Show-Flat.
Main living area of the Perret Show-Flat.
Children's room in the Perret Show-Flat - furniture by Marcel Gascoin.