Parisian photographer Laurent Kronental’s newest picture collection, Les Yeux des Excursions, captures life by the porthole home windows of the Excursions Aillaud—a social housing property within the Pablo Picasso district of Nanterre. With 18 towers starting from 7 to 38 tales excessive, the housing venture accounts for a complete of 1,600 flats. It was designed by Emile Aillaud between 1973 and 1981 as a response to the post-war housing scarcity. Kronental first got here throughout the location in 2011 throughout a Four-year venture photographing senior residents dwelling in French high-rises. The collection, titled Memento d’un Futur, captures the “sometimes-neglected era” of their fading environments, and the waning reminiscence of a “modernist utopia.”
At Excursions Aillaud, all 18 towers share the identical playful aesthetic, regardless of their peak variations. Designed to merge with the sky, the cylindrical buildings are clad with colourful, cloud-like mosaic patterns by artist Fabio Rieti. Probably the most intriguing options Kronental seen was the porthole home windows that appear to perforate the outside of every tower at random. Impressed by a visit to China’s Beijing Summer time Palace, Aillaud designed the home windows in a variety of shapes together with circles, rounded squares, and teardrops. “Why such shapes? What may be seen up there? How do dwellers stay in there?” Kronental requested himself. In search of solutions, Kronental returned in 2015, however this time, he took an inside perspective.
Two years within the making, the Les Yeux des Excursions collection captures life from inside Excursions Aillaud. Most of the interiors characteristic homely, retro particulars that distinction with the outer concrete landscapes, framed by the porthole home windows; but pastel hues inside usually appear to match the constructing facades exterior. “They play in concord when the shapes and colours of the houses match town lights,” explains Kronental. Each points of life merge by the porthole, which acts as a “two-way eye, the window of a flying front room, of a spaceship galley.”
Laurent Kronental’s picture collection Les Yeux des Excursions captures life by the porthole home windows of the Excursions Aillaud.
The social housing property was designed by architect Emile Aillaud between 1973 and 1981 as a response to the post-war housing scarcity.
From inside, the inhabitants’ quaint houses distinction in opposition to outer concrete panorama, framed by the porthole home windows.
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