Le Corbusier heritage

A must see site for those who like architecture, art and sensational panoramic views!

Visit the Radiant City…

It’s known poetically as the Radiant City, prosaically as the Housing Unit and irreverently by locals as La Maison du Fada (the Madman’s house). But whatever you call it, Le Corbusier’s pioneering experiment is not just another block of flats.” I could not say it better, so I have borrowed this phrase from Marvellous Provence, a good English guide to Provence written by a British journalist.

…an intelligent building for townspeople’s everyday needs.

Built in the 50′s, Marseilles Radiant City was a prototype for a new way of living in crowded cities. A pioneer of modern architecture and international style, Le Corbusier conceived it as an intelligent building for townspeople’s everyday needs: space, beauty, services, areas designed for entertainment and education…Steel, plate glass, reinforced concrete. All that we are used to now.

A must see site for those who like architecture, art and sensational panoramic views!

We will visit the building’s inner “streets” as Le Corbusier named its corridors, and discover the top roof which one day housed a nursery school, a theatre, and a gymnasium. Purchased in 2010 and restored by the cult Marseilles-born designer Ito Morabito, also known as Orq Ïto, it reopened in summer 2013 as an exhibition space, bookshop and café.

A must see site for those who like architecture, art and sensational panoramic views!