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In the southeast corner of the 13ème lies a growing neighbourhood: contemporary block architecture dominates, the façade of each building are attention-grabbing in a different way than the Haussmanmians, and there’s not a lot that’s conventional about many of these structures. From twisted floors to glass-filled walls, from disorderly-placed windows to size-varied windows, from unicolour walls to multi-colours panes, uniformity is not the name of the game and yet they all blend in quite harmoniously with one another.

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

Porte de France

From what I can gather, there are mostly offices around here, but a handful few buildings are clearly residential. A lot of thought had gone into the development of this quarter, with abundance of amenities, green spaces and convenient public transportation connections, not to mention just beyond – northward in direction – lies one of the sites of the National Library of France, i.e. the Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, and one of the larger cinema complex in Paris. The River Seine runs east of the neighbourhood, with many parked barques functioning as night spots, catering to a relatively young population.

I’ve only been in the area during the day, and it is a vibrant yet calm neighbourhood. Should this be the case too in the evening, this may be a good area to consider moving into and urban planning projects elsewhere could learn plenty from what’s taking place here.

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