Ask a Parisian to name the city’s most beautiful building and they’d probably reach for something within the grand Périphérique ringroad that encircles the city centre. The Arc de Triomphe, say. Or the Grand Palais. Maybe even the towering open books that make up the Bibliothèque François-Mitterand.
And yet, we’d wager they hadn’t even considered the heaps of brilliantly out-there brutalist buildings that pepper the skyline in the wider banlieues. The suburbs of Grand Paris brim with madcap concrete structures worthy of any coffee-table architecture book, so we sent out our photographer to take some snaps – here are five of the coolest buildings he found.
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