Tudurí & Forestier (master)


Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier (Savoy, 1861-Paris, 1930) was a famous French architect who worked as curator of Paris parks and gardens from 1887 to 1927, carrying out the beautification of the city through reforms such as the Bagatelle Park . He worked throughout Europe (Italy, Portugal), Morocco and several American cities (Buenos Aires, Havana, Mexico City and New York). He also worked in several Spanish cities, especially in Barcelona, ​​where their most important work were the reform of Maria Luisa Park (Seville) and the design of Montjuïc Park (Barcelona).

Forestier and Tudurí met when the famous catalanist politician Cambó asked Forestier to design a park for the Barcelona International Exposition (1929). Forestier, searched an assistant and Tudurí’s father recommend his son, and introduced him to Forestier. From the very beginning, as he himself points out, Tudurí was impressed by the personality of Forestier: Tudurí considers him a hard worker, with a strong character –bad-tempered, sometimes– but very thorough and a great innovator.
The loss of Cambó’s political weight made that Forestier was relegated to second place. With the advent of Primo de Rivera to power, Forestier was considered expendable, so he left for Paris. However, Forestier delegated its projects to Tudurí, and was very grateful to the with which Tudurí performed its projects for Barcelona. Tudurí met his master several times in Paris, in order to follow seriously Forestiers’ projects.