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Unite d'Habitation

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Marseille, France.

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Le Corbusier's most influential late work was his first significant postwar structure-the Unite d'Habitation in Marseilles of 1947-52. The giant, twelve-story apartment block for 1.600 people is the late modern counterpart of the mass housing schemes of the 1920s, similarly built to alleviate a severe postwar housing shortage. Although the program of the building is elaborate, structurally it is simple: a rectilinear ferroconcrete grid, into which are slotted precast individual apartment units, like 'bottles into a wine rack' as the architect put it. Through ingenious planning, twenty-three different apartment configurations were provided to acccommodate single persons and families as large as ten, nearly all with double-height living rooms and the deep balconies that form the major external feature. - Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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