Does the Ministry of the Interior have anything to do with transportation? I ask because that would be such a perfect building for the Transportation Ministry.
The Ministry of the Interior is in charge of internal security: police, gendarmerie, civil defence, firefighting, granting of national identity cards, driving licences and passports, immigration and religious affairs, among other things.
It is equivalent to the Interior Ministry of other countries, the Home Office of the United Kingdom, or similar to a combination of the FBI and Homeland Security (United States).
This building is only an annex, because the main headquarters is right across the street from the Elysée Palace.
I like those colourful buildings, though they will look better when the little trees have grown a bit. What is the ground floor of the one at the right being used for? The other one seems to house businesses, which seems logical in such a busy area. Isn't Rosa also a tram station?
The building on the left is a big "artisan Boulanger." On the (red) right, there is probably still some commercial space available. Just to the right of what I photographed is the Rosa Parks RER station. The tram station is through the RER station on the other side.
I thought I had done so, but apparently I have not posted the transformation of the "Macdonald" building at Rosa Parks. It is reputedly the longest commercial building in Paris (I think that the Louvre is longer, but I am not sure.). The transformation was amazing because it was given to about 10 different architects who created social housing, commercial spaces, schools and private flats all in different styles while retaining the style of the lower floors of the original building.
A couple of days ago, I was in the new Clichy-Batignolles area (former rail yards) and more particularly on its main axis, rue Mstislav Rostropovitch (good luck for the people who live on that street to get their addresses written correctly). None of this existed 2 years ago.
I like the one near Rosa Parks as I could imagine myself sitting on the balcony with Livia, drinking various things depending on the time of day, watering our plants and looking down at life below. Some of the others are too disturbing, architects' wet dreams.
Paris is mostly unrecognisable to me because, philistine that I am, I have only ever visited once and that was years ago. But I do like the lacy building behind the bridge. Is that housing or offices or ...?