|Born in Fontainebleau, near Paris, he attended courses at Châlons-sur-Marne École des Arts et Métiers from 1919 to 1922. On completing his military service, he was taken on at Simon Boussiron's design office. Simon Boussiron became his true master, along with Roger Valette, the firm's consultant engineer. Appointed as head of structural research in 1936, Esquillan was appointed Vice Technical Director in 1939, then Technical Director from 1941 to 1971.
He achieved seven world-record structural designs. The first was in 1934 with La Roche Guyon Bridge, spanning 161 m, a record length for a suspended deck bridge in reinforced concrete.
This record was to be followed by six others, with the bridges of Coudette (1943), Givors (1950), La Voulte (1953), Tancarville for the height of the piles in 1957, the Marignane hangars (1951) whose span of 100 m was soon surpassed by the CNIT vault which, with 206 m in length of facade and 238 m under the ridge valleys, still holds the world record for span and for the largest area (7500 m2) held up by three supporting points.
"Creating work of a new type or of exceptional dimensions calls for imagination, tenacity and perseverance and above all, a great deal of reflection, work and time, as it is impossible to grasp all the givens and particularities of a problem at once and immediately extract the synthesis and solution."
Projects by Nicolas Esquillan
Bridges and miscellaneous works
Thin shells: Marignane
Thin shells: CNIT
Other thin shells
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