Paris abounds in architectural curiosities and among the ones that you can see in almost all parts of the city due to the rather anarchic angles of the streets and a little help from Baron Haussmann are the "thin slice" buildings (immeubles à tranches fines). People wonder about them all the time: "How can you fit furniture into that room?" "Maybe it's a child's room?" "Where would you put a table?" and so on.
These buildings tried to use every last bit of the piece of land on which they were built, sometimes to comic effect. Very often, at the innumberable intersections where streets come at all angles, there is room for one row of windows along the edge but not much else.
Eat your heart out, Flatiron Building!
Time to go hunting!
The end of this building is just one residence - kitchen at the bottom, living room above and then 3 bedrooms.
This one on avenue Emile Zola is famous.
This brick building is in the same area of the 15th arrondissement.
This one is more generously proportioned than many of the others.
Modern buildings rarely get the concept correct.
Here is another well known one on rue Francoeur in the 18th.
Cool! Some of those buildings are so skinny they look unreal. I almost expect some movie grunt to wheel them away.
You captured a nice variety of oddly-shaped buildings. Most of them are charming, but some of the modern ones are perfectly hideous.
Do you even get really strong drafts around there? Maybe not, because of the lack of skyscrapers. Walking around downtown Manhattan, the wind can get pretty powerful. Apparently in the early 1900s, groups of men would loiter around the Flatiron, watching the wind blow up women's skirts.
Fabulous idea for a thread and great pics!!! Some of the modern ones are less offensive to me than others. I think I probably object to the signage on the street level, CHANGE in particular is aesthetically just so wrong for that building early on in the thread IMHO. In some cases it can be ok but, with that building, the starkness of the block letters looks hideous. Thanks for this K!
"The end of this building is just one residence - kitchen at the bottom, living room above and then 3 bedrooms."
Kerouac, I tried to read the street or place name on that building - looks like Pointe Trigano? I can only find 2 street names starting with Pointe. One is Pointe d'Ivry in the 13th and the other Pointe(Stier de la) Buzenval in the 20th.( I refer to Le petit Parisien) Help me please.
I think this is a great thread and one that can be added to infinitum!
Naturally, once you start a subject like this, it's hard to stop, so I kept my eyes open for other examples when I was in the 8th and 12th arrondissements today. I doubt that I will find any more thin slivers like the stars of this report, but there is absolutely no paucity of buildings that come to the "one window solution."
Sorry, Lugg, I have never been in any of these thin buildings yet. But it is sure to happen sooner or later. I live in a semi-thin building sticking into an intersection, but since I have two windows on the thin side, I don't think that my building qualifies.