Bordeaux, France

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March 23, 2009
Originally published in Before & After
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  The Water Mirror, a rectangle of half-inch-deep water created by landscape architects Claire and Michel Corajoud, expresses the modern face of a city known for its historic architecture.
    The Water Mirror, a rectangle of half-inch-deep water created by landscape architects Claire and Michel Corajoud, expresses the modern face of a city known for its historic architecture.
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  The Romanesque Église Sainte-Croix, constructed during the 12th and 13th centuries, was substantially renovated in the late 19th century, when its southern bell tower was added.
    The Romanesque Église Sainte-Croix, constructed during the 12th and 13th centuries, was substantially renovated in the late 19th century, when its southern bell tower was added.
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  The lightness and transparency of Richard Rogers’s 1998 law courts, in the city’s historic center, are meant to emphasize the openness of the French judicial system.
    The lightness and transparency of Richard Rogers’s 1998 law courts, in the city’s historic center, are meant to emphasize the openness of the French judicial system.
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  The elegant Place Georges de Porto-Riche.
    The elegant Place Georges de Porto-Riche.
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  The new Seeko’o Hotel, the world’s first building clad entirely in DuPont Corian.
    The new Seeko’o Hotel, the world’s first building clad entirely in DuPont Corian.
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  The functionalist Caserne des Pompiers, a 1954 firehouse by the architects Claude Ferret, Adrien Courtois, and Yves Salier.
    The functionalist Caserne des Pompiers, a 1954 firehouse by the architects Claude Ferret, Adrien Courtois, and Yves Salier.
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  The city’s architectural masterwork, Victor Louis’s Grand-Théâtre, completed in 1780, is home to the city’s National Opera.
    The city’s architectural masterwork, Victor Louis’s Grand-Théâtre, completed in 1780, is home to the city’s National Opera.
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  The massive concrete Base Sous-Marine was built during World War II to house German submarines but has become a popular and singularly dramatic venue for exhibitions and performances.
    The massive concrete Base Sous-Marine was built during World War II to house German submarines but has become a popular and singularly dramatic venue for exhibitions and performances.
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  Brochet recommends the restaurant Le Bouchon Bordelais or both the cuisine and its view of “the oldest prostitutes in Bordeaux.”
    Brochet recommends the restaurant Le Bouchon Bordelais or both the cuisine and its view of “the oldest prostitutes in Bordeaux.”
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