The Mall is the raison d’etre of the EuraLille complex. The part nearest to the Lille Flandres railway station with the main entrance is displayed here, the evening approaching. An extended square connects this station with the mall. It’s a richly textured urban place; not only used for going to and fro but also for strolling and hanging out. The metal grates in the pavement (of the subway ventilation system) are the warm resting places for vagrants and street people. It was a bit disconcerting to see that there were many of them round EuraLille. Lille’s recent accelerated development (due to the connection to the LGV-Nord and being Cultural Capital of Europe) apparently did not offer enough people new chances. But that was and is a tough challenge for this city, still battling the effects of the decay of its textile and heavy industry.
The red building in the background on the left is a hotel which directly connects to the Lille Europe TGV station.
A picture of the interior of the Quick fast food restaurant in this Mall is here
The material used in the ceiling of this restaurant (and the rest of the Mall) is also the upper layer of the roof of the Mall.
A picture of the Les Tulips de Shangri-La sculpture on the square between the Mall and the Lille Europe TGV station is here
PS-E2 tech: cropped, skewed, levels adjusted, saturation (master, greens and reds) boosted, fill flashed some shadows areas, sharpened , gradient fill layer added to brighten up the grey sky and saved for the web.
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pamastro (7290) 2004-05-06 18:18
This is a great view. The clarity of the image is great and the colors are very nice. It's so big and modern. Post-modern. And it looks a lot like a giant ship from this angle. At first I thought it was a building purposely shaped like a ship when I saw the thumbnail. I love all the people around it, too. The people kissing, the people with shopping bags and just walking around. Shows it like a center of focus like your note suggests about the city. I love the big signs, the Carrefour and Euralille signs. Very nicely done. And matches your other fast food photo like this is a modern cathedral and city heart.
Liora (1857) 2004-05-07 0:32
Great photo Bert! sharp, colorful and very vivid. I like your angle - looks like a giant ship to me as well...
cmartos (242) 2004-05-07 3:35
A great view of The Mall, it's impressive. Very well framed with the three "towers" and life surrounding it. You also choosed a very good angle and POV to show it. As it seems it was a bad day I find your postprocessing amazing good. Sharp, contrasted, colorful, straight geometry...as always, an excellent image quality and a very good note. well done. pts tomorrow
nwoehnl (122) 2004-05-07 6:48
Again an eye-popping architecture shot from you, Bert. The mall building is reminiscent of a ship, and your shooting angle really fits a lot of it into the frame, including the "tip"at the left. Good colors and very interesting urban details, and I like the subtle neon glow of the signs. I agree with Carlos that your post-work made what looks like a shot taken in unfavorable weather really good.
sunny (3069) 2004-05-07 6:49
Fine series you have done, Bert! :-) Quite urban view this time, but despite the moody day the composition is so vivid in colours and people's presence. I like very much the clarity and sharpness too. Very well done!
Rockyboy (20598) 2004-05-07 7:03
Very good picture of Rijsel and i like particulary your note. Framing of all those lines is perfect. Well done, Bert!
jhm (157802) 2004-05-07 7:28
Uw uitstap naar Frankrijk heeft verschillende mooie beelden opgeleverd Bert, scherp, kleurrijk met goede details, ook bij ons kenbaar, moderne architecture, en een perfecte nota erbij. Bedankt
jef (310) 2004-05-07 7:54
je connais bien lille et euralille pour y habiter... Mais comme souvent on ne regarde pas son proche environnement, et le voir dans les yeux d'un "voyageur" est intéressant. Vu sous cet angle euralille ressemble à un gros paquebot avec d'enormes cheminées. L'angle de prise de vue et la netteté sont impecables.
Eagle78 (1933) 2004-05-07 12:02
Watching the thumb and i thought i was searching for a huge boat when i made my click on the image Bert ;))) Great sharp perspective from this place with a stunning arquitecture, no doubt! Wonderful work Bert!
points tomorrow :)
carper (96) 2004-05-08 5:58
Bert dat heb ik telkens bij jou, mijn punten zijn weer op.
Goede foto zonder meer, prachtige compositied de juiste kleuren goede diepte werking hier, zonder meer een meesterwerk.
Steely (895) 2004-05-10 8:25
A 3 stacker cruise ship ! :)
funny how locals rarely gain from rail connections and mostly everything is for milking the purse of the Outsider...
Still, a very impressively Big Mall...
Good shot bert!
Jeppe (18654) 2004-05-14 12:59
Oh - Perhaps I should post a shot I made yesterday - There seams to be many architects who get the same ideas - Ok this one special and great to watch - Very fine capture - I like the angle you chosen for this shot -
Fine work Bert - thanks for sharing.
hojper (2832) 2004-06-01 11:12
Amazing how everybody has noticed the shipshape when looking at the thumbnail. To those of us who like to have people clicking on our thumbnails it should serve as a lesson to have a good look at that exact size before we post.It is amazing how different the two images can often be. In this case we are greatly rewarded with the disappearance of the ship and the appearance of a great urban scene as it opens up. And it is one of those shots where one would like to be able to dig even deeper and open up more - in other words: poster quality photo.