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Vernier -- Ph0t0s

by someone Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 05:33:08 AM EST

whataboutbob issued the following appeal yesterday:

So ...this is a request...even a plea...for any of you who are so inclined to please feel encouraged to submit an article, or a photojournal, or anything of this sort.

Well, you asked for it, you get it. I have dusted off some of my pictures of a walk along the Rhône in Vernier, Switzerland. Hope you like big buildings!

Let us go for a walk by the Rhône. The river as seen here looks quite natury even though it is located in a metropolitan area. Geneva tends to merge with all the little towns around it into a kind of citiplex monstrosity. Right now we are in Vernier, which is where I live.

The Swiss seem a very, um, sporty and excessively health conscious people to me. We are apparently walking along the river on a Swiss Running Walking Trail, which comes with informational signs on how to exercise better. Like this one right here, along with my shadow.

The area has some quite spectacular architecture. Here, right on the river, we get the first look at the destination of our little walk, a small teaser of what is to come.

We can only assume that these monstrosities are inspired by the work of Le Corbusier, the great modernist architect. He was Swiss and is on the Swiss 10 note. (Huh, hum, time for a little embarrassing anecdote. After first arriving here, having obtained some cash, another new arrival and I are sitting around, admiring the notes, seeing who is on them, and so on. He asks me, "who's on the ten?", I get my 10 out, start looking for a name, and then I confidently announce: "Dix Francs", which almost killed him...)

These are the Tours du Lignon, enormous, tall residential structures guarding the riverfront entrance to Le Lignon, a large residential complex. Let's have two pictures of the towers and the river. I love these things!

Aside from the towers, Le Lignon has this very long lower building, of which we already caught a glimpse above. The facade is 1065 metres long and zig-zags along a semi-arc, enclosing in the centre a commercial area and two modernist churches. It is quite difficult to get good pictures of all this. One cannot put enough distance to the large buildings to capture them in their entirety. Thus I show you only a small bit here. It is quite a different experience to be standing amongst these things though. They are all around, very large and imposing.

Vernier also has other goodies to look at. Like petroleum storage tanks. There are quite a lot of them, with interesting pipes, and filling stations for tanker trucks and trains.

The sun is setting, time to head home. This is close to where I live, one of the main roads to central Geneva. Petroleum storage tanks, construction cranes, mountains in the distance, electric bus lines above: who can say it is not beautiful?

Great tour... :-)
Of course I'm mightly interested by those buildings... And the way people live in them! They seem quite in shape for something that should have been build in the sixties...? (Or is it another Herzog and Demeuron trick ?)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 06:03:10 AM EST
Built during 1963-1971. Some links:
Other ph0t0s of Le Lignon on the web (one photo at the bottom gives a pretty good idea of the long, zig-zag building.)
French wikipedia entry for Le Lignon
Le Comité Central du Lignon(in french)
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 06:16:25 AM EST
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Merci... :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 06:41:31 AM EST
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Hey someone, thanks for this!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 06:44:44 AM EST
Sure thing, Bobo! I mostly put it together weeks ago, but then didn't take the extra 10 minutes to finish it, and it fell into the forgotten bin. Thanks for reminding me!
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 06:56:37 AM EST
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Thanks, someone!  I still like the design and it´s good that there is plenty of open space and the river around the buildings.  It is to be expected they are showing their age, though.  Really good glances.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 at 06:34:11 PM EST

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