My love for the French got three little boosts today, just in time for Bastille Day.
First, I learned that the French call flip-flop shoes "les clap claps." (Not that they would actually wear them, of course.)
Second, this free app from the Mac App store is a fun, easy way to brush up on your basic French vocab. It also makes me feel like a genius, the way I can whiz right through the lessons.
And third, these shipping container dorm rooms in Le Havre, France.
Called the Cité A Docks, this complex with 100 units was created by Cattani Architects. Each dorm is 24 square meters and includes a bathroom, a kitchen, free wifi, and the feeling like you just woke up at the beginning of Portal 2.
The building was raised from the ground so that even the first floor could have a bit of privacy, and the walls have been "coated with fire walls in reinforced concrete 40cm wide, and come within layers of rubber to dampen vibrations" in order to maximize heat and sound insulation, according to Contemporist. The exterior keeps the look of the separate containers, but unifies them by painting them all the same shade of metallic gray.
If I were a university student about to take up residence in these dorms, I'd be so excited I could barely contain myself. (Ugh, just awful, I know.) Still -- these little units are très cool, even if I'm not.