A New French Skyscraper That Stretches to the Sky

Illustration for article titled A New French Skyscraper That Stretches to the Sky

When you gaze at architecture firm Zaha Hadid's new tower, you imagine two jazz hands raising up to the sky as high as they stretch.

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Located in Marseille, the skyscraper is the headquarters of French shipping and container company CMA CGM. It's nearly 500 feet tall, and although the upward reaching form is the most central feature of its design, the architects also paid attention to the lower level too. Apparently it's located in a pretty busy area, on top of an elevated highway. So the bottom portion extends horizontally to relate to the movement of the traffic of pedestrians, cars, boats, and so forth. They still look like jazz hands though. [ArchDaily]

Illustration for article titled A New French Skyscraper That Stretches to the Sky

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DISCUSSION

Seriously what in Christ's name are you talking about?

1. It's only 500 ft. tall so it's the least impressive thing ever

2. Jazz hands GTFO

3. The upward reaching form is the most central feature of the design of a tall building...O RLY?

4. "the architects also paid attention to the lower level too" - great fucking sentence construction - really top notch expression - I felt transported there with your eloquence like I was actually standing inside the building

5. The top right picture will show you that what sometimes looks like something dramatic in the main picture just looks like a shitty barely noticeable grey triangle painted on from a distance at night - fucking AMAZING