Le Corbusier transformed Europe's perception of the potential of urban building for the masses with this single structure. Unité and the Radiant City have become a touchstone for future architects and design enthusiasts.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see while traveling with the Metropolitan Office of Tourism and Conventions.
Learn about the personality whose brainchild this project was:
When France faced a housing problem in the cities, they turned to Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier, a god among men who also happened to speak fluently about the subject at issue.
Le Corbusier and painter-architect Nadir Afonso worked together to create the famed brutalist-modernist fusion style, which adjusted for the post-war shortages prevalent in the former style while also accommodating the more empathetic aesthetic tenets of the latter.
Understand the evolution of the concept of the township from this model:
This vertical garden city is made up of several separate apartments that have been built as a unit. The 337 apartments in the 'Cité radieuse' are divided into 23 various types, all offering luxurious and up-to-date lodging at the time.
The 'housing extensions' inside the 'cité radieuse' benefit these individual spaces because they were created to inspire a novel collective housing experience. They include an indoor high street with a bookshop and publishing house Imbernon, a bar and restaurant: Le Ventre de l'architect, a hotel: Le Corbusier, a Design Concept Store: the 318, and a Tea Room 'l'Archi Gourmand.'
Learn about its numerous areas, high street, and rooftop during this trip:
This housing complex unit is chock-full of surprises. It's a simple architectural idea that plays with colors, perspectives, and lighting to provide inhabitants with daily comfort and well-being.
Le Corbusier envisioned the flat rooftop area outside as a communal area where residents may gather or work out. A running track circles several cleverly covered ventilation stacks, and in the middle, of all things, is a kiddie pool.
The most essential audience of all—the people who still reside within its walls today—continues to be extremely fond of Le Corbusier's urban housing project.
280 boulevard Michelet, Marseille, France