The Cité radieuse-Le Corbusier

Explore the Unité d’habitation with your tour guide. Your group will visit the hall areas, high street, roof terrace and have exclusive access to an apartment listed as a Monument Historique. 
Guided tours from Tuesday to Saturday (exc. bank holidays).

Visit of the Cité Radieuse

From Tuesday to Saturday at 10am, 2pm and 4 pm FR

Saturdays at 10am FR/GB

Price : 10 euros/Adult, 5 euros/Child (5-11 years old)

Booking required ! 0826 500 500    

For groups (+10 persons) : 
Booking compulsary at Group department /


This is the work of Swiss architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier. The impressive building measures 165m in length, 24m in width and 56m in height and was built between 1947 and 1951. The site is reminiscent of an urban plot in the middle of a park.

The great architect’s signature graphic style brings his visual effects together with a layout which was incredible at the time. An experiment for a new “habitat system”, the Cité Radieuse has 337 apartments of 23 different types which were comfortable and modern homes for the period.

In addition to the individual spaces there are numerous “extensions of the home” designed to encourage a new type of multi-dwelling unit: an internal street with shops, a bookshop and publisher, bar, restaurant and hotel Booking online. There’s a nursery school and gym on the top floor which became the MAMO modern art centre in June 2013. The roof terrace provides a relaxation area with a paddling pool, playground and stage sheltered by a wind breaker for outdoor shows.

The building has even been a school of thought as Le Corbusier built other Cités Radieuses based on the Marseille model in the 50s (Rezé-Nantes, Firminy, Briey and Berlin).