HOW INSPIRATIONAL COULD HUDDERSFIELD BE?
Rob Gregory asked (Letters, AJ 15.09.05) who was the architect of the beautiful Casablancan structure he speculated could have been a forerunner to Huddersfield's Queensgate Market Hall.
I am indebted to Jean-Louis Cohen (co-author of Casablanca:
Colonial Myths and Architectural Ventures) for providing the answer.
The structure in question, the food market on Rue d'Agadir (1972-75), was the work of Jean-François Zévaco (1916-2003).
This raises the possibility that Huddersfield's market hall (1968-70) by the J Seymour Harris Partnership, with the structural engineers of Leonard and Partners, could have inspired both Zevaco and Paul Andreu in designing his station at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris (1972-1976) (pictured above).
Christopher Marsden, Huddersfield