Postcards from Paris and Havana

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Dalrymple’s destructive urge

Tour Maine-Montparnasse (1973, Eugène Beaudouin, Urbain Cassan and Louis de Hoÿm de Marien) turns Dalrymple into an anarchist:

Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 16.24.52 He had a point

The crassest example of modernist architecture. It combines size and inescapability with banality. I cannot see it (I try not to look at it) without feeling a surge of anger. Parisians ascend it because the top floor gives the only view of Paris from which you cannot see it. I think of Bakunin when I look at the tower: the destructive urge is also constructive.

Edificio Bacardí (1930, Rafael Fernández Ruenes, Esteban Rodríguez Castell and José Menéndez) restores Dalrymple’s soul:

A harmonious architectural whole. There is hardly a detail that is superfluous or tasteless. The tiled multicolouration is perfectly adapted to the Cuban light, climate, and temper. The architects understood the need for air and shade in a climate such as Cuba’s. Elegant, sophisticated, convenient, and joyful.

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