It is Le Corbusier realisation of his idea of the "vertical city" and is most of all especially colorful. The French are saying "Le Corbü" to this 138-meter-long concrete block. The official name is "Unité d'Habitation" which translates roughly as "a machine for living". Initially, the enthusiasm of the French people was even more restricted and they had called it "Maison du Fada" (House of the lunatic). You can find the "Le Corbü" in the Boulevard Michelet in Marseilles 9 °arrondissement and is officially known as "Cité radieuse".
The Swiss Le Corbusier, whose real name was Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris was one of the most important and influential architects of the 20th Century, but his ideas also provoked controversy. This housing concept is still controversial today and as I wrote in an earlier post here in my Blog that similar buildings like "Barre Balzac" in northern Parisian suburb of La Courneuve had been destroyed.
Between 1947 and 1951, the "Cité radieuse" built the first "machine for living". For 60 years in the futuristic complex are about 1000 people living in the Good 337 apartments. The apartments are located on floors nine double-box-shaped arranged with colorful painted loggias with high windows above the other. In the seventh and eighth floors to shops (bakery, etc), a small hotel and a laundry. On the accessible roof landscape is still a kindergarten, a miniature swimming pool, an outdoor theater and a elementary school.
Corbusier wanted to allow a broadening of high comfort and combine facilities for daily needs in one place - it is still in the kindergarten Corbusier House, The roof terrace has always been one of the most important meeting of the residents.
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