Nicolas Ledoux went way beyond the salt works project requested by the king. He designed an entire town! Innovative and spectacular, his project aimed to enhance the workers' living conditions.
According to Ledoux, his future ideal town had everything necessary for a happy life: a hospital, a university, and even a "temple of virtue".
The ambitious project was presented to the king, but Louis XV was unfortunately unsympathetic to the dreams of Ledoux, whose plans for the ideal town were then scrapped. All the same, Ledoux succeeded in creating a marvelous piece of architecture.