Friday, 22 December 2017

1321 JP - The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016)

Brief Description

Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet.

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1321

1321-001     Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret     France
1321-002     Petite villa au bord du lac Léman     Switzerland
1321-003     Cité Frugès     France
1321-004     Maison Guiete     Belgium
1321-005     Maisons de la Weissenhof-Siedlung     Germany
1321-006     Villa Savoye et loge du jardiner     France
1321-007     Immeuble Clarté     Switzerland
1321-008     Immeuble locatif à la Porte Molitor     France
1321-009     Unité d’habitation Marseille     France
1321-010     La Manufacture à Saint- Dié     France
1321-011     Maison du docteur Curutchet     Argentina
1321-012     Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut de Ronchamp     France
1321-013     Cabanon de Le Corbusier     France
1321-014     Complexe du Capitole     India
1321-015     Couvent Sainte-Marie-de-la-Tourette     France
1321-016     Musée National des Beaux-Arts de l’Occident     Japan
1321-017     Maison de la Culture de Firminy     France  


 1321-016 National Museum of Western Art




 

1449 JP - Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites (2014)

Brief Description
This property is a historic sericulture and silk mill complex established in the late 19th and early 20th century in the Gunma prefecture, north-west of Tokyo. It consists of four sites that correspond to the different stages in the production of raw silk: a large raw silk reeling plant whose machinery and industrial expertise were imported from France; an experimental farm for production of cocoons; a school for the dissemination of sericulture knowledge; and a cold-storage facility for silkworm eggs. The site illustrates Japan’s desire to rapidly access the best mass production techniques, and became a decisive element in the renewal of sericulture and the Japanese silk industry in the last quarter of the 19th century. Tomioka Silk Mill and its related sites became the centre of innovation for the production of raw silk and marked Japan’s entry into the modern, industrialized era, making it the world’s leading exporter of raw silk, notably to Europe and the United States.

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1449

1449-001     Tomioka Silk Mill
1449-002     Tajima Yahei Sericulture Farm
1449-003     Takayama-sha Sericulture School
1449-004     Arafune Cold Storage     



  Tomioka Silk Mill

  Tomioka Silk Mill 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

1533 HR/MT - Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar (2017)

Brief Description

This property consists of 15 components of defence works in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro, spanning more than 1,000 kilometres between the Lombard region of Italy and the eastern Adriatic Coast. The fortifications throughout the Stato da Terraprotected the Republic of Venice from other European powers to the northwest and those of the Stato da Mar protected the sea routes and ports in the Adriatic Sea to the Levant. They were necessary to support the expansion and authority of the Serenissima. The introduction of gunpowder led to significant shifts in military techniques and architecture that are reflected in the design of so-called alla modernaI bastioned, fortifications, which were to spread throughout Europe.

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1533

1533-001 Fortified city of Bergamo, Italy
1533-002 Fortified city of Peschiera del Garda, Italy
1533-003 City Fortress of Palmanova, Italy
1533-004 Defensive System of Zadar, Croatia
1533-005 Fort of St. Nikola, Šibenik-Knin County, Croatia
1533-006 Fortified city of Kotor, Montenegro

Courtesy of pierresurleciel from postcrossing forum
Zadar, Croatia

Courtesy of Sanja from postcrossing
Kotor, Montenegro

1541 CN - Kulangsu: a Historic International Settlement (2017)

Brief Description

Kulangsu is a tiny island located on the estuary of the Chiu-lung River, facing the city of Xiamen. With the opening of a commercial port at Xiamen in 1843, and the establishment of the island as an international settlement in 1903, this island off the southern coast of the Chinese empire suddenly became an important window for Sino-foreign exchanges. Kulangsu is an exceptional example of the cultural fusion that emerged from these exchanges, which remain legible in its urban fabric. There is a mixture of different architectural styles including Traditional Southern Fujian Style, Western Classical Revival Style and Veranda Colonial Style. The most exceptional testimony of the fusion of various stylistic influences is a new architectural movement, the Amoy Deco Style, which is a synthesis of the Modernist style of the early 20th century and Art Deco.

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1541