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“But some day I hope to collaborate in the planning of a tonic steamship, a ship on which you do not dissipate a week in the midst of Capuan delights, but on which you use your time; where you feel yourself on the sea, where etiquette is banished or at least has got rid of the vestiges of past times. The ship would be transparent, you would always see the ocean; from every part. For, in the Normandie, you don’t suspect for a minute that you are at sea; you have to go on deck to look for the sea. The main deck is not very helpful: it is a covered walk barricaded by thick wooden panels. There should be a number of swimming pools which are not studiously ‘decorative,’ race tracks, opportunities to climb up and down. It should be possible to see the superb machinery by means of properly arranged mirrors. There should be available popularizing marine instruments which would allow some participation in the activities of the bridge. Sport clothes, an ambient stimulated by the purser, an ambient of activity and not cocktails. An informal ballroom. A library which would enable you to enter into marine interests: voyages, adventures, ship building, conquests. Public rooms and cabins done in nautical architecture and not by interior decorators.”

- Le Corbusier, When the Cathedrals Were White




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