Got acrophobia? Move into this apartment building (Feb, 1968)

Cool looking building, but what is that Eye of Sauron looking thing on the bottom?

The address is15 Boulevard Maréchal Leclerc 38000 Grenoble, France (Charlie’s Loyal Minions)

Got acrophobia? Move into this apartment building

Acrophobia is a dread of height. The designers of this 28-story apartment building in Grenoble, France, say the repetitious pattern of the balconies on its face is just dandy for people who suffer from that ailment because it suggests solidarity. Each box balcony is 13 feet tall, 10 wide, and five deep.

The boxes were cast on the site. Their sides are a continuation of the building’s reinforced concrete walls. The horizontal portions are cantilevered extensions of the structural floor slabs. The building stands on a circular concrete base 131 feet in diameter and three feet thick, resting on wet soil of an ancient riverbed.

  1. Nomen Nescio says: February 16, 20129:14 am

    take it from an acrophobe, a repeating (and ugly) pattern that can only be seen from the outside of the building will do exactly squat when you’re looking down from a top floor balcony. it’s not a lack of solidarity that sets off the phobia, it’s the altitude.

  2. DrewE says: February 16, 20129:43 am

    This is ‘l’Ile Verte”; there’s a total of three of these towers in the development. This picture doesn’t do justice to the setting of the buildings, with mountains in the background.

  3. george says: February 16, 201212:44 pm

    Wouldn’t it be easier on acrophobes to just build a building without balconies?

  4. Hirudinea says: February 16, 20122:42 pm

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the French are weird!

  5. dej says: February 16, 20126:12 pm

    go to google maps

    at the corner of Boulevard Maréchal Leclerc and Rue Commandant l’Herminier

  6. Toronto says: February 16, 20129:53 pm

    Gorgeous! Mind you, I’ve always loved late ’50s / ’60s apartment innovations, like “Habitat ’67”. This one is really really nice.

  7. Nico says: February 17, 20126:44 am

    I live in Grenoble. Here, we call these towers “les choux-fleurs” (The Cauliflowers)…
    These are the only towers in this quite small city.. It was built for the 1968 Olympics games…

    DrewE is totally right : check this picture out > http://www.devis-demena…

    Oh and i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, the Hirudinea are weird!

    btw : very good blog, please keep up the good work !

  8. Kosher Ham says: February 17, 201212:12 pm

    Ah the 1968 olympics. I wonder what happened to Jean-Claude Killy?

  9. Hirudinea says: February 18, 20127:44 pm

    @ Nico – The Cauliflowers, LOL, that’s the perfect name, and if you ever get bored of them you can paint them green and call them “les broccoli”! Oh, and Hirudinea are weird, I admit it.

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