images by Romeo
When it comes to places; architecture and nature, things can sometimes be close to impossible to describe and even incredibly hard to capture on the flat format that is a photograph. At one point, Romeo and I even agreed that if someone was going to ask us about how our trip to Marseille was, we weren’t even going to try to explain. Yet here I am, trying to explain it anyway.
On of our highlights was experiencing the work of Swiss architect Le Corbusier. Surrounded by a green park, the building stands tall on top of high concrete poles reminiscent of an overpass, allowing you to walk underneath it. Raw concrete throughout. But the real gem was on top of the 13th floor: A fantastic roof terrace overlooking the mountains, the city and the ocean. Concrete objects, hidden corners, a paddling pool and stage for outdoor shows. You can imagine how spectacular the sunsets are from here.
The building called ‘Cité Radieuse’ (Radiant City) was a housing experiment for a new habitat system at the time (completed in 1951). I addition to the 337 apartments there are numerous “extensions of the home” designed to encourage a new type of multi-dwelling unit: an internal ‘street’ with shops (sadly all of the shops except a bakery have disappeared), a nursery school, an Imbernon bookshop and publisher, bar, restaurant and Hotel Le Corbusier (Basic accommodation, but if you like vintage boutiques and time traveling, you’re going to like this too. + unlimited access to the rooftop).