Le Sanatorium d’Aincourt / Fleurs de Ruine, France

Le Sanatorium d’Aincourt was a hospital specialising in open-air treatment for tuberculosis. It was the largest such sanatorium to be built in France.

Sanatorium d'Aincourt
 

Le Sanatorium d’Aincourt, aka Fleurs de Ruine was a spa centre in France, specialising in the treatment of tuberculosis. The sanatorium was built by architects Edward Crevel and Jean-Paul Decaux between 1931 and 1933. It is the one of the largest sanatoriums to have been built in France in the 20th century.

At the time, the main treatment for tuberculosis was fresh air and rest, as antibiotics did not exist. The buildings were designed to maximise open-air treatment areas, by utilising a tiered design and rooftop terrace. Each level has a terrace of continual treatment space, which was divided up with frosted glass panels.

There were three identical buildings in total, each set 400 metres apart from each other to eliminate the risk of an epidemic spread.  A forest of pine trees was planted around the hospital to ensure the air quality was the best possible.

In later years the hospital was refurbished to bring it up-to-date with new standards, as the invention of antibiotics had ended the need for traditional treatments. The hospital closed in 1987 and the buildings were plundered of anything of value. Now stripped, the shell of the buildings are testament to the quality of the design and construction, surviving well despite the ingress of water and use by the fire brigade who have used the buildings for training involving large-scale indoor fires.

I enjoyed this visit in the company of Proj3ct M4yh3m and Darbians. It was such a lovely sunny afternoon, perfect for a relaxed mooch.

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - View from the front

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – View from the front

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Inside the main entrance

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Inside the main entrance

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Waiting area

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Waiting area

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - View down a corridor

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – View down a corridor

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Graffiti in a seating room

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Graffiti in a seating room

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Curved corridor

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Curved corridor

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Windows in the curved corridor

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Windows in the curved corridor

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - One of the two large staircases

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – One of the two large staircases

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Staircase closeup

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Staircase closeup

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Windows in the staircase

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Windows in the staircase

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - View down the stairs

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – View down the stairs

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Doors onto the open terrace

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Doors onto the open terrace

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - The large verandas were used for open air treatment

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – The large verandas were used for open air treatment

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Exercise hall

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Exercise hall

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Looking through a doorway into a corridor

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Looking through a doorway into a corridor

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - View down another corridor

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – View down another corridor

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - More windows in a corridor

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – More windows in a corridor

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - One more corridor

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – One more corridor

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Rear view of the hospital

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Rear view of the hospital

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - View from roof

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – View from roof

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - The huge building extends into the distance

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – The huge building extends into the distance

Sanatorium d'Aincourt - Proj3ct M4yh3m on the hospital roof

Sanatorium d’Aincourt – Proj3ct M4yh3m on the hospital roof

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