When I was mentioning circular patterns in the former post, I was thinking of the Volcan, of course, and of the adjoining structure, the Médiathèque, which is situated underneath the theater. Niemeyer, the architect, used circular shapes for the whole structure, contrasting totally with the Perret rectangular style of architecture of most of the rebuilt city. The effect is spectacular, but there was some controversy. The 1980's addition to the new le Havre was criticized, as was the Perret plans in the late 1940's. It does however blend well and the curved parti-pris, as daring as it may have been, is now accepted and part of the city character. Moving around the Volcan is a pleasant experience because the proportions have remained human.