Blockhead Building Gets a Thumbs Up

Blockhead Building Gets a Thumbs Up, Nice, France (B)

I have to say that normally I’m not a fan of modern architecture. I prefer the grand old buildings from the Belle Époque, and Art Nouveau just sets my heart aflutter. But there are a few modern structures that I really appreciate and one of them is in Nice, France. I lovingly call it the “blockhead building” but officially it’s known as la tête carrée, or “the square head”.

This building is the administrative “headquarters” for the library just next door. It has seven floors: three in the neck and four in the head. It’s claimed to be the first, habitable sculpture in the world.

You might wonder how the 40 or so people that work inside the building manage without any windows (at least that’s what I was wondering). The secret is a sheet of perforated aluminium which covers the exterior and acts like a sheer curtain, allowing those inside to see out, but those outside can’t see in. This is too bad, because I would really love to have a peek inside. Unfortunately it’s closed to the public. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Blockhead Building Gets a Thumbs Up
Guide Location: France » Nice
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Margo Lestz
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  • la tête carrée
  • Elysée Palace
  • National Theatre of Nice

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