The rise and fall of the “Unité d’Habitation” – 1/7

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SS Empress of britain, pre-1924 (image: wikimedia commons).

In the beginning of the XX century, steamships were crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Each one of them could carry 2000 passengers for a 15-days trip between Europe and America, and in these days it became for them a sort of new house.

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MS Kungsholm, entrance to 1st class room, 1928 (image: wikimedia commons).

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MS Kungsholm, 1st class room, 1928 (image: wikimedia commons).

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MS Kungsholm, 1st class smoke room, 1928 (image: wikimedia commons).
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MS Kungsholm, swimming pool, 1928 (image: wikimedia commons).

The image of all these people living, loving, fighting, making business, all in this big floating superstructure entered the social imagery of the time and little by little, more and more nautical elements were integrated into architecture.

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