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Architectural weirdness

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Does anyone know what’s happening structurally under these buildings? They are located along the train tracks that lead to Saint Lazare station. The photo was taken from the Rue de Rome.

I understand (on some level) that these supports exist to protect the buildings from the vibrations of passing trains, but I’m curious about what, if anything, is inside. Like, is there storage in there? Parking garages?

Rue de Rome buildings

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I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

2 thoughts on “Architectural weirdness

  1. Good question. I truly don’t know. Maybe it is simply earth and nothing else or maybe there was already a small hill and the wall was built to retain the earth from falling on the train track…(Suzanne)

    • Engineering falls under my “it’s magic” category since I really don’t understand how it works. And this is just the modern stuff — don’t get me started on things like the pyramids in Egypt (built by aliens, maybe?) because those structures seem impossible.

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