finding out why constantinople got the works

marseille modernes

Posted in marseille by jlm2dy on November 24, 2010

zaha hadid’s new construction. somewhat disappointing.

college jean claude izzo campus. made out of shipping containers!

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last morning in the unite

Posted in marseille by jlm2dy on November 24, 2010

not sure why i found these glass fragments between panes in my window, but i like them

well there’s a fire stair for you

the port life

Posted in marseille by jlm2dy on November 24, 2010

beaux arts palais longchamp

typical port scene

remember that gold statue of mary as you scroll down…

inside the aforementioned basilica. completely covered in gold, with tons of small boats suspended from the arches to protect marseille’s sailors. charming and awesome.

…aka ‘cité radieuse’ [the radiant city]

Posted in marseille by jlm2dy on November 24, 2010

loving my self timer

found the library! what light!

did i tell you that le corbusier used blue, red, yellow and green everywhere in this place? balconies with light baffles!

unite d’habitation, le corbusier 1946-52

Posted in marseille by jlm2dy on November 24, 2010

enter, and find the modular man

gridded from the porches to the hallways

rooftop bliss.

i should mention why this is important: this former apartment building was designed to be the ‘machine for modern living’ according to the architect, le corbusier. based on the proportions of the human body and the efficiency of a cruise ship, it is a regular system of modules for apartments elegantly detailed down to the nails in the framework. also within the building to sustain an entire community: pastry shop, restaurant, day care center, gymnasium, library, office spaces (from studios to acupuncture to doctors). needless to say, staying in this hotel was epic, and thus it deserves its own post[s].

en route!

Posted in marseille by jlm2dy on November 24, 2010

charles de gaulle

my cheap-as-possible-while-still-delicious diet for the week

marseille! finally!