Ruth Slavid talks architecture

French concrete

Posted in concrete by ruthslavid on October 24, 2009

Here are some photos from the Villa Arson in Nice, which I visited in late September, on a heritage open day.

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view back towards the villa

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The extensive terraces are in the process of being restored. The building is an art school, and below the terraces are the toplit studios. There are also, set against the terrace, small apartments for visiting artists.

The magnificent external concrete, with smooth stones set in it or wonderful texture, provides a fine contrast to the board marked concrete used internally, which puts London’s Hayward Gallery to shame.

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