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 graphic style famous as the great architect’s signature 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, Imbernon bookshop and publisher, a bar, restaurant and the hotel Le Corbusier booking online. There’s a nursery school and gym on the top floor which became the MAMO modern art center in June 2013. The roof terrace provides a relaxation area with paddling pool, playground and a 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).
Visit of La Cité Radieuse :
Saturdays and Fridays at 10am FR/GB (holidays)
Price: 10euros/Adult, 5euros/Child (6-11years old)
Booking required! 0826 500 500
For groups (+10 persons) :
Booking compulsary at Group department / email@example.com