Close to the Colombia Shopping Center in the center of Rennes, between Republique, the central hub and the railway station, is this modern apartment complex. The regularity of its cubes and squares reminds me of a beehive, just for people, a manhive.

It seems that form trumps function. The boxes, balconies, are only on every second floor. So, either you have a real balcony, or a French balcony with the doors and a ceiling, but no outside space. But you can watch your neighbors below you enjoying their balcony.

Turning this picture by 90 degrees makes the building looking very abstract – is it a modern packaging, a structure under the microscope or art?

manhive abstract

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Written by bihua

I worked and lived in Baku in Azerbaijan since September 2012 and started the blog "Life in Baku". End of August 2015 I moved to Rennes in France with the 365 project in my new blog "Life in Rennes".

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