Marseille's La Timone district

Cityscape of the hospitals, medical university and administration buildings in La Timone district of Marseille. The architecture favoured for these buildings - the colours, geometry and patterns - indicates in concrete the way the French state views the evolution of its medical service from the classic Provençal village, typified by the nineteenth century tiles cast by hand, through the modern tiles and on to the poured concrete of the larger buildings behind. This Provence village of the 21st century retains the apparently haphazard juxtaposition of a number of styles, shapes and textures of the rural predecessors.

Crane jib left in shot as a deliberate element in the composition