Architecture of France: remarkable modern architecture

CIté des Choux-fleurs, Créteil, is so-named because of the petal-shaped balconies

Architecture lovers, draw up!

When we consider France’s architectural heritage, we usually think of its beautiful historic buildings, such as the cathedral of Chartres, the Loire Valley Renaissance chateaux, and 19th-century Haussmann buildings in Paris.

France also has many remarkable examples of modern architecture.

More than 1,400 buildings have been awarded the Architecture Contemporaine Remarquable label by the Minister of Culture.

To qualify for the label, buildings have to be less than 100 years old and must be unique and innovative.

The aim is to show that there is a value in recent constructions and a link between the old and the new.

Included on the list are the public housing Tours Nuages in Nanterre in the suburbs of Paris, with 1,607 apartments.

They are made up of 18 cylindrical towers of varying height, covered in cladding made of frescos to represent clouds in the sky.

They were designed by architect Emile Aillaud, who was also responsible for designing the La Grande Borne housing estate (see photos ...

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