Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cité U | Foudation Danoise

Yesterday I was walking around the Cité Internationale, where I live, going to meet a friend and there were 6 guys with lightsabers fighting near Maison du Mexique. Jedi on my own backyard! I started thinking about all the things that happen in the Cité and its history… so…after very little consideration, I decided to make a few posts about it and the different houses that constitute it, with illustrations that I made myself. This blog series starts, of course, with Foudation Denoise but first a little bit about the Cité. 

| The Cité Internationale opened the doors to its first house in 1925 in hopes of creating a pacifist movement (after the first World War), attract more students to Paris and try to somehow handle the accommodation crisis. 
The point was to gather bright students from all over the world and create a united community guided by tolerance and reflection. Maybe at the time the idea sounded idyllic but almost 90 years later this is now a reality, with 40 residences from all over the world, 12 000 students, researchers, artists and athletes from more that 140 nationalities. |

Fact | Murry Guggenheim and John Rockefeller Jr. both financed the project to build the Cité.

It was designed by danish architect Kaj Gottlob in 1932 and it's the smallest house in the Cité with only 48 rooms, each one featuring engravings themed after towns and cities that donated with funds to the house's construction. You can recognize it immediately by its red bricks and Scandinavian details typical of Gottlob's work. Its furniture and light fixtures are designed by great danish designers like Rud Thygesen, Johnny Sorensen, Paul Henningsen and Arne Jacobsen.

You can do the virtual tour of the house here.

© Madalena Soares Carneiro and ó/O, 2014. The illustrations showed here are of unauthorised use and/or duplication without permission  Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given the author. 

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